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Notice given 18 September 2002

162  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the second Commonwealth leaders’ troika on Zimbabwe will meet in Nigeria on 23 September 2002,

(ii)   there has been a worsening of conditions for millions of Zimbabweans since the troika first met 6 months ago to discuss steps to restore democracy in Zimbabwe, and

(iii)  the Prime Minister (Mr Howard), as Chairman of the Commonwealth leaders’ troika on Zimbabwe, has acknowledged it is a matter for regret that little substantive progress has been made in implementing the troika’s steps to restore democracy in Zimbabwe; and

(b)   urges the Prime Minister, as Chairman of the Commonwealth leaders’ troika, to use his influence to expel Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth and impose targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe, including an arms embargo, a travel ban to any Commonwealth countries for President Mugabe and his close associates, and a freeze on any assets he or his associates hold in Commonwealth countries.

164  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the efforts by Philip Morris Ltd to sponsor so-called drug education programs in Asia and, most recently, in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR),

(ii) previous moves in Australia by Philip Morris to sponsor school-based programs, such as the ‘I’ve got the power’ program, received such strong criticism from health and educational professionals that most school education authorities rejected or abandoned the programs,

(iii) the cynicism of the major tobacco companies in sponsoring education ‘events’, when around 370 million cigarettes are illegally sold to children in Australia each year; and

(b) urges the Federal Government to:

(i) advise the Lao PDR that tobacco companies in Australia have consistently opposed genuine measures to reduce youth smoking rates and that their offers to sponsor education activities should not be countenanced, and

(ii) assist countries in the region by supporting a strong framework convention for tobacco control to reduce the global tobacco epidemic and to help reduce the estimated 40 000 to 50 000 Asian teenagers taking up smoking every day.