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Thursday, 18 May 1972
Page: 2840

Mr BEAZLEY (Fremantle) - I think it is a tragedy that the terminology of the original Bill - 'The National Health and Medical Research Council warns that cigarette smoking is dangerous to health' - was altered and those words eliminated; also that the time available to issue a warning was reduced. Although the honourable member for Angas (Mr Giles) tried to suggest that making the minimum time 3 seconds for stating the warning was not significant, making the minimum time 5 seconds was obviously insisting on a longer time, ft would be extremely difficult for the words contained in the warning to be delivered within 3 seconds. They will be meaningless if they are delivered in that time. I cannot understand why this provision was accepted. The Government began with a gesture which was to warn young people about the dangers to health of cigarette smoking. There has been no explanation why the provisions of the Bill have been watered down during the course of debate. All that we have seen has been the use of numbers, the use of the gag and the use of back bench members so that Ministers did not have to commit themselves. From this it will be seen that there is not really a sincere attempt to warn youth on the effects of tobacco use.

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