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HEALTH—NATIONAL SKIN CANCER ACTION WEEK

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 271—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the week beginning 16 November 2008 is National Skin Cancer Action Week,

  (ii) Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world,

  (iii) within Australia, Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer, followed by Western Australia,

  (iv) skin cancers currently account for 80 per cent of all newly diagnosed cancers,

  (v) more than 1 600 Australians die from skin cancer each year,

  (vi) an estimated 950 000 visits to general practitioners each year are for the treatment of preventable non-melanoma skin cancers, and

  (vii) annually 281 new melanoma cases, 43 melanoma-related deaths and 2 572 new cases of squamous cell carcinoma are attributable to the use of solaria; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) support the recommendations of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and Cancer Council Australia by working with the states towards effecting tighter regulation of solaria, and

  (ii) implement and fund an ongoing national level skin cancer prevention campaign.

Question put and passed.