1991-2: Goulburn Valley Victoria Parathion

1991-2: Goulburn Valley Victoria. “Parathion for example, can cause death if a little under one teaspoon (four millilitres) is spilled on the skin, almost the same amount can kill someone if it is swallowed. Many orchardists spray parathion at least once every two to three weeks and those with large properties often use the substance on a daily basis during the spray season, Investigations by the Australian Workers Union in 1991 and 1992 revealed that Parathion use was still widespread in fruit growing areas. Union officer Dr Jossi Berger described its use in the Goulburn Valley as ‘appalling’ and called for a ban.

Source p17 Quick Poison, Slow Poison, Kate Short 1994.