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Media Release
Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers
for the Environment, Sport, Territories
and Local Government

Budget Brings a Breath of Fresh Air to Brisbane


13th May 1997

Brisbane's air pollution will be reduced as a result of a major initiative announced by the Howard Government in this years Federal Budget.

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, welcomed the allocation of $16 million to battle air pollution in major cities across Australia.

The Air Pollution in Major Cities Program will focus on minimising the adverse effects of the six major urban air pollutants: lead, ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and particles.

"Many Brisbane residents have long held concerns about the adverse effects of air pollutants," Senator Macdonald said.

"The Howard Government is leading the fight against this major environmental concern."

Senator Macdonald said that this initiative follows the commissioning of an independent inquiry to find practical solutions to our air pollution problems.

The Air Pollution in Major Cities Program will build upon the Howard Government's commitment to deliver better air quality for the people of Brisbane.

For further information contact Brad Robinson 06 277 3665 or 0418 673 600

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