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Thursday, 26 September 2002
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Senator Lundy to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate congratulates:

(a) the Australian Sports Commission for initiating the Australian Sports Commission Media Awards, which encourage broad and in-depth coverage of sporting issues in Australia;

(b) the many journalists and photojournalists who were nominated in the seven categories which comprise the inaugural Australian Sports Commission Media Awards;

(c) sports journalist, Mr Harry Gordon, who was awarded the Australian Sports Commission's Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the media for more than 60 years; and

(d) all the award winning journalists and photojournalists, including:

(i) Best Reporting of an Issue in Australian Sport: Kate McClymont and Anne Davies of the Sydney Morning Herald,

(ii) Best Sports Journalism from Rural or Regional Media: Brett Kohlhagen of the Border Mail, Albury,

(iii) Community Sport Media Award: David Pearson and Brian Webb, `Topsport 104.1 FM' Darwin,

(iv) Youth Sport Media Award: Amanda Smith of ABC Radio National's, The Sports Factor,

(v) Best Journalism on Australian Sports Commission-related Programs: Robert Drane Inside Sport, and

(vi) Best Sports Photojournalism: Bruce Long of the Courier Mail.

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) requires advice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on its progress in responding to the Senate order of 27 June 2002 and its expected date of reporting to the Senate; and

(b) requires the ACCC to investigate and report to the Senate by 22 October 2002 on:

(i) the amount of money collected by tobacco retailers from consumers in respect of state and territory tobacco franchise fees relating to the period 1 July 1997 to 5 August 1997 but not forwarded by tobacco retailers or wholesalers to the states and territories or to the Commonwealth (`the windfall'), and the amount of recoverable interest accrued since 5 August 1997,

(ii) the appropriate federal legislative response to Justice Kirby's High Court judgment of 6 December 2001 in Roxborough v Rothmans viz, `The “windfall” should remain with the wholesaler to await the legislative measures (if any) for disgorgement to the benefit of users of tobacco, products or otherwise, as the Federal Parliament may enact', and

(iii) its recommendations on the possible distribution of the windfall and/or appropriate use of the windfall in anti-smoking measures and litigation against tobacco companies that have engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct or unconscionable behaviour and similar recommendations in respect of the proceeds of any such litigation.

Senator Brown to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act relating to the establishment of a fund for the purpose of education about plastic bag damage to the environment, and for related purposes. Plastic Bag (Minimisation of Usage) Education Fund Bill 2002.

Senator Brown to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for the assessment and collection of a levy on the use of plastic bags at the retail point of sale. Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2002.