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Wednesday, 15 March 2000
Page: 12852

Motion (by Senator Allison) put:

That the Senate:

(a) notes that:

(i) the Formula 1 Grand Prix held in Albert Park, Melbourne, on the weekend of 11 and 12 March 2000, has in 4 years used $100 million of public money that could have been diverted to Victoria's hospitals, schools or public transport,

(ii) the race broadcasts a pro-tobacco message to millions of viewers worldwide, and

(iii) Government contracts with the organisers and between statutory authorities, in particular the levels of taxpayer subsidy, are shrouded in secrecy;

(b) condemns the Minister for Health and Aged Care (Dr Wooldridge) for granting the event an exemption from the ban on tobacco advertising, despite an annual 18 000 smoking-related deaths in Australia; and

(c) urges the Government to retract this exemption.