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and the mere banning of a substances does not make it disappear. It would be naive of us to think that simply banning a product removes the desire to use it. I suspect that, amongst the populations we most seek to target with this legislation, the banning of vapes has only made them more illicit and therefore more enticing.

While restricting the sale and use of vapes is important to limit their uptake and the associated transition to cigarette smoking, our policy response cannot end there. Stronger and smarter deterrents are needed to try and discourage the use of vapes and to equip schools, parents and carers with the skills to be able to effectively intervene appropriately to limit their use and help young people with any resulting addictions to nicotine.

Like the use of other substances, the use of vapes is highly likely to be associated with other issues for young people. We need more detailed work that speaks to the motivations and social dynamics of vaping and useful harm reduction measures. This legislation is an important step in the right direction, but this should be done in collaboration with other policy and program responses.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (11.43): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name and table a supplementary explanatory statement to the amendment [see schedule 1 at page 3861].

I move amendments to part 4 of the bill, which would amend the Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1978. Clause 11 replaces existing section 49(4)(c) of the Transplantation and Anatomy Act. Currently, section 49(4)(c) provides that identifying information about a person or a deceased person may be disclosed “with the consent of the person to whom the information relates”. The proposed amendment expands the list of people who may provide consent to disclose such identifying information.

The government amendments will allow DonateLife ACT, with consent, to share the stories of individuals and their loved ones at occasions such as the annual DonateLife ACT service of remembrance and thanksgiving, and other commemorative occasions. This will allow for the wonderful organ donation to be acknowledged and celebrated. The amendments will also allow DonateLife ACT to help raise awareness of organ donation through other activities where individual stories of loved ones are shared with consent. The community will benefit from the public discussion of organ experiences. This will encourage families to have these important conversations and inspire people to register to be an organ donor and, we hope, increase organ donations in the territory.

I acknowledge the frustration of families caused by the technical legal barriers across Australia’s human tissue laws. These technicalities have limited the ability of families

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