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Wednesday, 1 December 1976

Mr Lloyd (MURRAY, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(   1 ) With reference to question No. 9 1 4, have any or all of the voluntary advertising codes of the various sectors of the liquor industry mentioned in his reply been accepted by the Government.

(2)   If not, what is the position with each group.

(3)   If so, when will the codes come into practice, and what policing mechanism will be used.

Mr Hunt -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) Yes. The voluntary code of advertising of alcoholic beverages as dicussed and amended by the Working Party and liquor industry representatives, and subsequently endorsed by the 1976 Health Minister's Conference, has been accepted by the Government.

(3)   The liquor industry has shown itself to be aware of its responsibilities by voluntary acceptance of an advertising code. As the code is voluntary it is not intended that a formal policing mechanism should be established. It is anticipated the Working Party will monitor the code and that there will be regular meetings of the Working Party and liquor industry representatives at which the operation of the code will be discussed.

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