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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 3 Hansard (26 February) . . Page.. 745..


Teenage smoking is still a major public health concern and reducing smoking amongst teenagers is one of the government's key priorities. The Office of Regulatory Services has determined to continue to conduct compliance testing periodically as part of its rolling compliance program. I trust that the message will be sent loud and clear to tobacco retailers, to those licensees, to their staff, that they need to remain diligent in complying with their obligations under the act and to ensure that cigarettes are not being sold to people under the age of 18.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, is it your intention to keep up this important work on compliance matters for the whole term of the Assembly?

MR CORBELL: Since the Assembly has now, in the last term, adopted the necessary legislative changes, it is the government's intention to continue with the program. The program has already demonstrated its value in terms of identifying a significant level of noncompliance, and we will be following through with further compliance action until we see a level of compliance which is more what we would be expecting rather than the much higher rates that we have seen in the compliance program to date.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Papers

Madam Speaker presented the following papers:

Standing order 191—Amendments to:

Directors Liability Legislation Amendment Bill 2012, dated 19 February 2013.

Financial Management Amendment Bill 2012 (No 2), dated 19 February 2013.

Health (National Health Funding Pool and Administration) Bill 2012 (No 2), dated 18 and 19 February 2013.

Public Unleased Land Bill 2012, dated 19 February 2013.

Racing Amendment Bill 2012, dated 18 and 19 February 2013.

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee (Seventh Assembly)—Report 15—Draft variation to the Territory Plan No 306—Residential development, estate development and leasing codes—Government response.


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