Survey of Lead Policies for the NSW State Election
Herbert Beauchamp, Anne Roberts and Elizabeth O'Brien,
Total Environment Centre
was sent to all parties with candidates in the NSW election and replies were requested by
8th March 1995. Candidates were asked to answer in the light of party policy, not their
every question were limited to "Yes", "No" or "Undecided".
1. Do you
acknowledge that there is a serious problem with the preventable environmental health
problem of childhood lead poisoning in NSW, specifically in older urban communities with
multiple sources of lead contamination?
questions 2-13 are about the steps that can be taken to ameliorate this problem.
support the fast-tracking of the Sydney Lead Centre which was promised for Sydney by
Environment Minister Chris Hartcher in November 1994 to be opened in early 1995?
support broadening the functions of the government proposed Lead Centre to include
coordination of blood lead and environmental lead contamination screening in targeted
older urban areas of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong?
content of petrol: Will you support a two stage phase out of lead in petrol resulting
in zero lead added to petrol by the end of 1996 as proposed in both the Motor Vehicle
Emissions and Lead Parliamentary Select Committee Reports?
to unleaded petrol: Will you agree to use the registration and insurance notifications
as an opportunity to permanently mark those pre-1986 vehicles capable of running on
unleaded petrol, and to notify the owners of same?;
petrol: Will you amend the Clean Air Act to control benzene, total aromatics,
1,3-butadiene and olefines as per the proposed California Clean Air Act 1997?;
reduction schemes: Will you agree to introduce car-use reduction schemes and to do so
as a priority in areas where a high proportion of cars are pre-1986?
amend the Clean Air Act to change what is currently only a goal into a standard for
ambient lead in air, which is not to be exceeded?;
amend the Clean Air Act to allow for a maximum lead in ambient air standard of:
introduce a tax on lead to set up a fund for use on a means tested basis for lead
abatement of housing with a high risk of lead exposure of children?;
implement an inspection program of public and private housing in order to identify lead
hazards (ie housing with a high risk of lead exposure of children)?;
implement a lead hazard abatement program for high risk public housing?;
set up mechanisms for notification of potential purchasers by vendors of housing
containing lead hazards?
9. Food and
amend the Clean Water Act to require house and other building owners to take remedial
action if the 90th percentile of a sampling of tap water exceeds a lead level of 15
amend the Poisons Act to phase out the use of lead glazes and lead in crystal by the year
introduce legislation for the incremental reduction of lead in food which also involves a
limit of 0.05% lead or lead compounds in fertilisers?
Reduction: Will you introduce a Lead Use Reduction Act which requires the reduction by
10% per year in the total amount of primary lead used and ensures growth in the recycling
and secondary lead processing industry?;
Will you introduce targeted blood lead screening in urban areas with a high prevalence
of lead hazards (such as old housing, past or present industry and traffic)?;
Abatement: Will you introduce legislation which requires lead abatement contractors
and assessors to be trained and licensed?
Hazard Assessment in publicly-owned, -financed, -insured or -certified childcare
premises: Will you introduce lead-safety as a criterion in quality certification of
all homes and centres where young children are under the supervision of paid childcare
Angel, TEC & E O'Brien, LEAD Group