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Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Page: 2337

Ms PRICE (DurackAssistant Minister for the Environment) (19:11): Firstly, I would like to thank those members who have contributed to this debate and acknowledge my Western Australian colleague the member for Perth for an excellent speech.

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Illicit Tobacco Offences) Bill 2018 tackles illicit tobacco. It reforms the penalty and offence framework in the Excise Act 1901 to provide enforcement officers with access to tiered offences and strengthened penalties for offences related to illicit tobacco. These measures deliver on the government's 2016-17 budget commitment to better combat the illicit tobacco market and improve the health of Australians by reducing smoking rates. Full details of the measure is contained in the explanatory memorandum, and I commend this bill to the House.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Mr Goodenough ): The original question was that this bill be now read a second time. To this the honourable member for Fenner has moved as an amendment that all words after 'That' be omitted with a view to substituting other words. The immediate question is that the amendment be agreed to.

Question negatived.

Original question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.