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Thursday, 25 November 1971
Page: 3767

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

(1)   Will the Minister consult with State Ministers for Health concerning legislation to prohibit

(a)   sale of cigarettes to or through children, the penalty for default being loss of vending licences,

(b)   cigarette vending machines accessible to children in public places and (c) advertising of tobacco without equal facilities, being provided for anti-smoking publicity.

(2)   Will the Minister consider with State Ministers (a) encouraging and setting- an example to employer and employee organisations to campaign at work places against smoking and (b) giving incentives and assistance to Australia and New Guinea tobacco growers so that they will turn to other work as demand declines, while not forsaking protective tariffs and import restrictions.

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

(1)   and (2) Consultations with State Ministers for Health on- all aspects of cigarette smoking have been undertaken at Health Ministers' Conferences over the past 4 years, lt is expected that the subject "will be discussed at future conferences.

The question raised in "relation -to incentives and assistance to Australian and New Guinea tobacco growers does not come within my jurisdiction as Minister for Health.

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