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Opal campaign critical to avoid further tragedy

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 4 Dec 2006

"The deaths of two young boys and the critical state of another highlights the urgency with which the government needs to deal with the broad scale roll out of Opal non sniffable fuel," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"Despite government promises to implement a broad scale roll out and to ensure a community education campaign, they are dragging their feet.  We heard just last week that a number of stations in Alice Springs had stopped carrying it due to deliberate circulation of misinformation which the government failed to counter."

"We extend our sympathies to the families of those who have died and been injured and call on the government to immediately ramp up its efforts to improve community awareness of Opal fuel, and extend it to all community areas that would benefit from the roll out.

"It is clear unleaded fuel needs to be replaced everywhere where sniffers may get access, and as this incident has shown us, this must urgently include businesses."

"Of course we can not say anything definitively, but the slightest possibility that availability of Opal fuel could have avoided these deaths, is surely motivation enough to urgently address the concerns we have been raising for some time.  Let us try and prevent this happening again," she said.

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