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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 1893

Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister for Health. Why has the Government decided to change and shorten the health warning that is to be a part of radio and television advertisements for cigarettes by reducing the length of the warning from 5 to 3 seconds and weakening the force of the warning statement? Has the impact of this important step to warn against cigarette smoking been greatly reduced merely because members of the Australian Country Party have complained that rural television and radio stations would lose revenue if the original warning were to be enforced? Will the Minister state which is the most important - the need to warn about the health hazard of cigarettes, which kill 10,000 Australians a year, or the partial economic welfare of rural broadcasting stations?

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSONMr President, there is on today's notice paper reference to a Bill being introduced in this place by the Minister representing the Postmaster-General relating to this issue. ] do not know whether the honourable senator's question is strictly out of order, Sir, but it would certainly, be out of order in the sense of the law of anticipation.

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