Children, toxic chemicals and Australia's intergenerational obligations

Lantz, Sarah (2012) Children, toxic chemicals and Australia's intergenerational obligations. In Broom, Alex & Cheshire, Lynda (Eds.) 2012 Conference Proceedings TASA, The Australian Sociological Association, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.

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The high volume and widespread use of industrial chemicals, the backlog of internationally untested chemicals, the uptake of synthetic chemicals found in babies’ in utero, cord blood, and in breast milk, and the lack of a unified and comprehensive regulatory framework, all underscore the importance of developing policies that protect the most vulnerable in our society – our children. Australia’s failure to do so raises profound intergenerational ethical issues. This paper tells a story of international policy, and where Australia is falling down. This paper highlights the need for significant policy reforms in the area of chemical regulation in Australia. We argue that we can learn much from countries already taking critical steps to reduce the toxic chemical exposure, and the development of a comprehensive, child-centered chemical regulation framework is central to turning this around.

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ID Code: 58428
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: children's health, chemical regulation, disease prevention, public health policy, intergenerational ethics
ISBN: 9780646587837
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Social Work not elsewhere classified (160799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 19 Mar 2013 00:03
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2013 05:30

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