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Notice given 27 February 2006

376  Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee (Senator Siewert): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee on water policy initiatives be extended to the last sitting day in 2006.

378  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—That the Senate—

(a) recognises that:

(i) smoking continues to be a major cause of death and disability in Australia,

(ii) more than 25 per cent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 in Australia in 2004 smoked cigarettes at least weekly, and

(iii) research estimates that an adolescent who starts smoking today will smoke for a minimum of 16 years if male and 20 years if female;


 (b) notes that the tobacco industry depends on its ability to attract young people to use its products in order to encourage them to become addicted;

(c) concurs with the Action on Smoking and Health Australia campaign that is calling on supermarkets to follow the lead of Coles in Tasmania by reducing its tobacco display to small rows of plain brand names and prices; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government and state and territory governments to protect the health of Australian children and young people by requiring that:

(i) smoking-tobacco products are kept out of sight in all retail outlets,

(ii) quit smoking messages are placed at all points of retail for tobacco products, and

(iii) tobacco sales through vending machines are banned.

380  Senator Siewert: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that on 23 February 2006 the Northern Territory Minister for Natural Resources, the Environment and Heritage, Ms Marian Scrymgour, recommended against the proposed expansion of the McArthur River mine proposed by Xstrata Plc.,

(ii) the potential impact on the environment, tourism and fisheries industries dependent on local ecosystems, should the mine be approved,

(iii) the strong opposition of local Indigenous communities to the contamination of traditional fishing grounds and living areas,

(iv) the impossibility of conducting open cut mining in a waterway without serious environmental consequences, and

(v) that Ms Scrymgour recommended against this proposal on the grounds that it failed to meet the tests of science or sustainability; and

(b) commends Ms Scrymgour on this decision.