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Inquiry into Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

September 11, 2003


On July 9, 2003 South Australia’s Upper House, the Legislative Council, voted unanimously to support an Australian Democrat’s motion requesting the Social Development Committee to inquire into and report on multiple chemical sensitivity. The Social Development Committee is a standing Parliamentary Committee of six elected representatives, three from the Upper House and three from the Lower House, who regularly investigate issues of public concern.

A copy of the motion and its terms of reference is below. Statements in support of the motion can be found on the website of South Australia’s Parliament in the Hansard records of July 9, 2003 for the Legislative Council (see South Australian Parliament’s Hansard and search for “chemical”).

A parliamentary inquiry into MCS is a big step forward and a great opportunity for people with MCS and their supporters to tell their story and present their case to legislators. The inquiry will help to inform the basis for future public health policy and guide reforms in chemical regulation.

Submissions to the inquiry are now open but will not be formally considered until after February 2004. Both national and international submissions from people with MCS and their supporters are welcome.

Submissions can presented by post to:

Ms Robyn Schutte, Secretary
Social Development Committee
Parliament House
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

or by email to

There will also be an opportunity to present verbal submissions to the Social Development Committee both in person or by telephone after February 2004.

For more information contact Parliament House in South Australia at the above contact details or telephone national (08) 8237 9100, international +61-8-8237-9100.

Peter Evans, Grad Dip Health Counselling
SA Task Force on MCS

Australian Democrats Deputy Parliamentary Leader
Member of the Legislative Council
July 9, 2003

The Hon. SANDRA KANCK: I move:
That the Legislative Council requests the Social Development Committee to inquire into and report on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, with particular reference to:–


Which chemicals or chemical compounds are responsible for the majority of symptoms of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and how exposure to them can be minimised;


The effect of chemical exposure on human fertility;


The comparative status in other countries of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity as a diagnosed medical condition;


Best practice guidelines in Australia and overseas for the handling of chemicals to reduce chemical exposure;


Current chemical usage practices by Local Government and State Government Departments and changes that could be made to reduce chemical exposure to both workers and the public; and


The ways in which South Australians with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity might more effectively access sources of support through government agencies.

(Passed unanimously, July 9, 2003)


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