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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4545

Dr Everingham asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Can the Minister say whether a one per cent levy on cigarettes would finance (a) equal time on television to combat cigarette advertising or (b) commercial television stations to compensate for loss of cigarette advertising.

(2)   Will the Minister discuss the possibility of such a levy with the Postmaster-General and report his conclusions to the Parliament.

Dr Forbes - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Information available to my Department indicates that such a levy would not be sufficient for either of these purposes.

(2)   Any such levy would primarily involve my colleague, the Treasurer. However, it should be noted that any levy or tax through which revenue derived from a particular source would be hypothecated for a particular purpose would be contrary to the essential requirements and objectives of national budgeting.

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