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Notice given 18 November 2002

266  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the report recently released by United States Congressman Henry Waxman which shows that:

(i) major tobacco companies continue to deny in court that smoking causes disease, despite public admissions on their websites about the harm caused by their products,

(ii) only Philip Morris Ltd does not contest the fact that smoking causes disease,

(iii) four of the five major tobacco companies, including British American Tobacco which operates in Australia, decline to admit that nicotine is addictive, and

(iv) all five major tobacco companies deny that second-hand tobacco smoke causes disease in non-smokers, despite the evidence of leading medical and scientific organisations;

(b) urges the Federal Government to invest more in tobacco control, noting the significant savings that can be made in deaths, disabilities, suffering and cost to the health system of around one fifth of the Australian population being addicted to smoking;

(c) congratulates the New South Wales Government on successfully taking court action against Philip Morris for breaching tobacco advertising laws at their stand at the Fashion’s Future Designer Awards in Sydney; and

(d) encourages the New South Wales Government to introduce tougher penalties for companies flouting tobacco laws.

267  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the findings of the 2001 National Survey of Photovoltaics in Australia which shows that:

(i) in 1996 Australia led the world in per capita manufacture of photovoltaic systems,

(ii) despite an increase from 7.5 megawatts to 10 megawatts capacity between 1996 and 2001, Australia fell behind Japan and Spain for per capita manufacture of photovoltaic systems,

(iii) Japan now dominates the manufacture of photovoltaic systems, whilst Australia’s share of the world market is down 70 per cent,

(iv) Australia’s relative share of photovoltaic energy usage fell 50 per cent between 1996 and 2000,

(v) the growth in uptake of photovoltaic energy is greatest in the United States of America and European countries, where subsidies make it competitive with residential electricity prices,

(vi) rebates in Australia leave photovoltaic energy two to three times more expensive than coal fire-generated electricity, and

(vii) there is potential for an extra 10 million grid-connected rooftop customers in Australia;

(b) urges the Federal Government to extend the photovoltaic energy rebate program, currently due to end in 2003; and

(c) urges state governments to mandate net metering for renewable energy generation.