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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 113

(Question No. 1098)


Senator Bell asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 24 February 1994:

  (1)  Has the Minister's attention been brought to the possible breaches of the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992; if so, what action has been taken or will be taken.

  (2)  What procedures are in place to monitor compliance with the Act.

  (3)  What steps can be taken by members of the public to initiate prosecutions in relation to possible breaches of the Act.


Senator Crowley —The Minister for Human Services and Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) & (2) My office has received a number of inquiries about the operation of the Act and alleged breaches under the legislation. In each case my Department follows up the enquiry to determine whether a breach of the Act may have occurred. Where the Department is concerned it would refer the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions for further action.

  (3)  Any member of the public may approach the Director of Public Prosecutions to initiate prosecutions in relation to possible breaches of the Act.