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Wednesday, 3 June 1970


Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Did his predecessor in 1964, the late Senator Wade, promise that the Government would cooperate with the States in an all-out educational campaign to discourage smoking amongst the youth of Australia.

(2)   If so, when will the Government implement the promise.


Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   At a Conference between Commonwealth and State Ministers for Health in February 1964 it was agreed unanimously that a campaign would be undertaken jointly by the Commonwealth and Suites to inform young people of the hazard's of smoking.

(2)   In respect of implementing that agreement, it was subsequently agreed at later CommonwealthState conferences on the subject, that health education programmes should be instituted and directed mainly towards school children. These educational programmes have been mainly a State function, but the Commonwealth has co-operated in its own Territories. A voluntary code of Cigarette Advertising, the main aim of which was to 'prevent cigarette advertising being directed towards young people', was introduced bythe Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations on 1 January 1966. The Code resulted from discussions between the then Minister for Health, the Federation and the cigarette manufacturing industry.

National Health Scheme: Cost to Commonwealth (Question No. 903)


Mr Hayden asked the Minister for

Health, upon notice:

If a maximum charge of $1 per service under the medical insurance scheme, as recommended by the Nimmo Report, was adopted, what would be the estimated total extra cost which the Government would have to contribute to the medical insurance scheme if the total increase was borne by the Government.


Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The estimated total extra cost to the Commonwealth Government would be $3. 5m per annum over and above the cost of the proposals currently before Parliament.







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