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Speech: Dangerous Substances (LPG Cylinder Labelling) Amendment Bill 2020

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (16:28): I rise on behalf of the Greens to support the Dangerous Substances (LPG Cylinder Labelling) Amendment Bill 2020 and commend the Hon. Connie Bonaros for bringing it before this place. I note that this bill would require a person who sells or supplies liquefied petroleum gas in our state to ensure the cylinder in which the gas is sold or supplied or which is transferred at the point of sale or supply is labelled with a warning label stating that the gas is LPG and that LPG may cause injury or death if inhaled.

We know that this bill has its genesis in the death of a young man, a young man who took a risk, who did not know the dangers and should have had that warning. It is a simple precaution and warning that we can give to ensure that South Australians are kept safe by ensuring a warning label on these cylinders is applied.

I am disappointed to hear, although I would be delighted to be wrong, that the government is not supporting this bill. They say that this should be legislated federally: perhaps I will be proven wrong in a minute. We cannot wait for the federal parliament to legislate on this matter. It is a simple piece of legislation that will prove to be life saving and that will provide timely information to prevent deaths. I cannot see a more compelling reason to support a bill than that.

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