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Thursday, 4 December 1986
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Senator HARRADINE(10.28) —I concur with what has just been said. A number of interesting facts have been brought forward by Senator Vigor which I think need to be further considered and I believe that the undertaking given by the Minister to have this question referred to the Minister in charge should be supported. As Senator Chaney said, this is a major question and it has of course been under consideration for quite a considerable time. I think most of us agree that the problems--

Senator Elstob —Not me.

Senator HARRADINE —Senator Elstob will go for a smoko directly, no doubt.

Senator Elstob —Senator Harradine is no healthier than I am.

Senator HARRADINE —That is true. Most of us I think are concerned about the activities of the tobacco companies and the pushing of smoking, particularly as it is directed to the young. One of the problems which I do not think have been properly or fully considered is the effect that a substantial increase in excise would have on those who find it difficult, almost impossible, to give up the habit. That includes a large number of elderly people who have very small means. I am wondering whether that, too, can be taken into account and whether some financial incentive should be considered for the purpose of assisting persons in giving up smoking. Maybe that would have the opposite effect. People might go on smoking to get the financial incentive; I do not know. These are the sorts of things that need the deep consideration that cannot be given to them at this stage of the session.

Requests negatived.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without requests; report adopted.