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■ivicmoers or tne interim Commission on Con sumer Standards with the Minister for Science, Mr Morrison, yesterday. They are, standing from left, Mr Jack Hannes, the managing direc tor of Hanimex Corporation Ltd; Mr Rupert Sweeney, a senior industrial officer with the Electrical Trades Union and a member of the Metric Conversion Board; Mr Morrison; Pro fessor Robert Street, the chairman of the com mission, who is professor of physics at Monash
University, Melbourne, and the chairman of the National Standard Commission and the Austra lian Research Grants Committee; Mr David Bot tomley, a senior consultant with PA Manage ment Consultants Ptv Ltd, ot Melbourne, and seated, Miss Margaret Fulton, left, a writer with an active interest in consumer items used in the home; and Dr Leanna Thomas, a lecturer in common law and consumer protection at
First meeting of consumer bodv
The Australian Gov
ernment would provide the biggest incentive to producers to meet con sumers standards, the Minister for Scicnce, Mr Morrison, said in Canberra yesterday after the first meeting of. the Interim Commis sion on Consumer Standards.
The Government would be the "fang tooth" behind the commission.
"The Government is the largest consumer in
Australia and will attach itself to those products that meet the standards set by the commission", he told a press conference.
Mr Morrison said also that the trade-practices legislation would make it obligatory to meet stand
The chairman of the interim commission, Pro fessor Robert Street, said the commission's problem was to reach as many groups as possible so it could find the areas where action was most urgent.
"The commission is giv ing high priority to mak ing contact with voluntary
consumer bodies and educating the community on the meaning of stand ards", he said.
"Contact with the many voluntary consumers' organisations will be made through advertisements, and the groups are invited to register with us.
"We have decided to publish a pamphlet written in English, Turkish, Italian and Greek, explaining the significance of the flammability warning labels on children's night wear based on the recently developed Australian standards", he said.
The commission riot only wanted to hear from organised groups but any consumer who had a com plaint.
"Anyone has access to the commission, we want to involve as many people as possible in our inquiry"
The interim commission is to make its final recom mendations to the Govern ment on the setting up of a permanent statutory body in 10 months.
Mr Morrison said the commission would bring home to the housewife the need to recognise stand