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Thursday, 18 May 1972
Page: 2833

Mr COHEN (Robertson) - Noone has explained to me fully why this alteration has been mved. Is it because the amendment is supposed to be a little briefer? The honourable member for Maranoa (Mr Corbett) did not give any explanation either. The whole proposal in the Bill has reached the stage where it is almost valueless. What should be put on the boxes is 'Cigarettes will probably give you lung cancer and heart disease' or something that might have some impact. We have even had an argument put forward that advertising will have a pretty minimal effect anyhow. Now we have come down to this innocuous statement: Medical authorities warn that smoking is a health hazard'. Can honourable members imagine hundreds of thousands of people immediately dropping their cigarette packets and swearing to give up smoking, and young people being terriefied by that frightening little phrase?

We have heard some bleating from our friends over there about country radio stations. In my electorate there is a country radio station which is the most recently opened one in New South Wales - the first new such station in 17 years. I have great sympathy for it. If we are really fair dinkum why do we not spend on anti-smoking advertising on these radio stations and television stations some of the money received from excise? Then there would be no loss of income to them whatsoever. I wouldlike the PostmasterGeneral (Sir Alan Hulme) to give us some real explanation as to why he has accepted this innocuous amendment from the honourable member for Isaacs (Mr Hamer).

Motion (by Mr Giles) put:

That the question be now put.

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