A proposed ban on the use of mineral paint in Australia has been put on hold amid fears of toxic dust.
Key points:A proposal to ban mineral paint was put on pause after a study showed the powder can cause breathing problems and health problemsThe ban would also affect children and the elderlyIn a statement on Wednesday, the Federal Government said it was committed to the development of a plan to reduce pollution in the community.
Key Points:The proposal would apply to all businesses and organisations and would be implemented from the start of next yearThe Federal Government has announced it will suspend the ban on all mineral paint products.
The ban will also affect people aged 18 years and over.
“It is the Government’s view that, in light of the research we are undertaking, the proposed ban should be suspended and not enforced,” a statement said.
“The Government will work with the relevant community groups to implement this proposal as soon as possible.”
The Federal Health Department said the proposed measure would apply only to businesses and institutions, and would only apply to people aged under 18.
“There is no scientific basis for the proposed action to be taken in this case, and there is no evidence that the proposed actions will reduce pollution,” it said.
The Federal Opposition said the move was “dangerous”.
“What is the harm in a ban on mineral paint?
The answer is obvious,” Opposition Leader Luke Foley said.
Mr Foley said the Government had to take “care” to protect the community and ensure no one was exposed to the dust.
“What it is doing is actually encouraging people to go outside and breathe in the dust, which can be quite toxic, which is why the government has had to put a stop to it.”
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