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Tuesday, 10 August 2004
Page: 26012

Senator ALLISON (3:37 PM) —by leave—I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) congratulates the Australian Capital Territory member of the Legislative Assembly, Roslyn Dundas, on the successful third reading of her private member's bill, which introduces a ban on cigarette vending machines;

(b) notes that:

(i) smoking cigarettes continues to be the largest single preventable cause of illness and death in Australia, killing approximately 19 000 Australians a year,

(ii) costs to the Australian public due to death and illness related to smoking are estimated by the National Drug Strategy to be more than $21 billion a year,

(iii) ready access to cigarettes is a predictor of the uptake of smoking,

(iv) the sale of cigarettes is restricted to persons over 18 years of age in all Australian states and territories by law, and

(v) vending machines are an easily accessible, anonymous and poorly supervised source of cigarettes for young people who may be contemplating smoking or who are just beginning to smoke; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government and the governments of all other states and territories to follow the lead of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly and Tasmania and introduce a total ban on cigarette vending machines, as recommended in the National Tobacco Strategy and endorsed by all states and territories and the Commonwealth, on the grounds that cigarette vending machines provide a ready supply of cigarettes to minors.

Question agreed to.