Justice and Community Safety have announced they’re not going to let us have small high powered magnets:
ACT Commissioner for Fair Trading, Brett Phillips, has today announced that certain adult magnetic products that are unsafe for children will be banned from sale in the ACT.
Most Australian States and Territories are proposing to impose an interim ban on the products. This follows the signing of a Draft Notice for the imposition of a permanent ban on these products by the Assistant Treasurer on 22 August 2012.
The products contain small, high powered magnets and are sold under various brand names including ‘Buckyballs’, ‘Neocubes’ and ‘Neodymium sphere magnets’. They are designed to sit on a desk and the user can mould the balls and cubes to create patterns and build shapes.
“The products are intended for use by adults, and come with warning labels, but children and teenagers have been attracted to the items. It is of grave concern that I have read reports indicating that parents are purchasing these items for children as young as eight,” said Mr Phillips.
“Other reports indicate that teenagers have been known to simulate face and tongue piercings with the magnets.
Buckyballs have a website explaining what we’re going to be missing out on.