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23    Health—Individual Responsibility for Health and Wellbeing

Senator Canavan, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 940—That the Senate notes that:

    (a)   it is not the role of government to tell people what to eat, and that individuals have a responsibility for their own health and wellbeing;

    (b)   a key to improving the health of Australians is by helping them make healthier choices about their food;

     (c)   actions such as the new Healthy Food Partnership, the voluntary Health Star Rating system, and the Sporting Schools Initiative will tackle obesity and encourage healthy eating through educating consumers about fresh produce and appropriate portion sizes; and

    (d)   heavy-handed government intervention through taxes and bans will only limit a person’s choice and not improve long-term results through increased individual responsibility.

Statements by leave : The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale) and Senator Canavan, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.