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Indigenous affairs minister set to ban sniffable fuel

Date posted: 8 January 2016

The Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, has committed to banning sniffable petrol being sold in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory (NT). Low aromatic fuel (LAF) is believed to be a safe alternative, designed to reduce the occurrence of sniffing.

But some service station operators have expressed their concerns over LAF, claiming that it will cause damage to their pumps. Some of those critics have also expressed the belief that the government decision is in vain, because of the existence of other volatile substances.

The minister has claimed that criticism of LAF is not founded and that sniffable fuel is a product that has the potential to kill. He plans to make a prohibition order on sniffable fuel, which would ban its sale, early in 2016.

Source: ABC News

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Last updated: 14 January 2016
 
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