Parliamentary probe to consider toxic herbicides

A Western Australian parliamentary inquiry will be held into the source of toxic herbicides used by former agricultural workers in the State’s Kimberley region.

The Government and the Opposition supported a move by Greens’ MLC Robin Chapple to investigate who supplied the chemicals to the State’s Agriculture Protection Board in the 1970s and how their use was monitored.

Mr Chapple says South-East Asia was awash with huge quantities of surplus chemicals after the Vietnam War.

Shortly afterwards, herbicide workers in the Kimberley reported chemicals in unmarked drums arriving and people getting sick.

The Kimberley workers continue to lobby for specialist medical help for ailments the Government has conceded are related to the use of the herbicides.

16 Oct 2003 | Original Source: abc.net.au/news "Parliamentary probe to consider toxic herbicides - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)"
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