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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 18 May 1993) . . Page.. 1497 ..

MADAM SPEAKER: The specific standing order, I believe, is 117(f), Mr Berry, or - - -

Mr Kaine: Why don't you let her admit that she hasn't the faintest idea, Mr Berry?

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! A question must not anticipate debate but it may ask for information. I will read out the standing order. It reads:

Questions may be asked to elicit information regarding business pending on the Notice Paper but discussion must not be anticipated ...

Within those guidelines, I call Ms Follett.

MS FOLLETT: Madam Speaker, may I respond to Mr Kaine's very fine question by saying that I will ensure that those matters are fully covered in the debate on that Bill.

MR KAINE: I am sure that that will not be. Madam Speaker, I have a supplementary question. The same second background explanatory statement says that, in particular, the use of derivatives will not be permitted for speculative purposes. Can the Treasurer tell us at what point in the business of investing in derivatives the speculative element disappears and the trading activity becomes non-speculative?

MS FOLLETT: Madam Speaker, I will take that question on notice. It is a very technical matter on which I currently do not have information.

Youth Alcohol Strategy

MR LAMONT: My question is directed to the Deputy Chief Minister in his capacity as Minister for Health. Knowing that a number of young people were cautioned for under-age drinking on the weekend, what is being done about the level of alcohol use by young people in the ACT?

MR BERRY: I thank Mr Lamont for the question. Alcohol consumption by young people in the ACT is a matter of concern for the Government and for every member of this Assembly. The ACT Government has responded promptly to alcohol problems amongst this group through the promotion of health messages sponsored by the Health Promotion Fund and distribution of information kits on alcohol and its effects. In September last year the Chief Minister launched the thrills without spills campaign. This campaign provides in-service training for schools and colleges on binge drinking. That particular form of drinking has been recognised as a difficulty for youngsters in the past.

These initiatives will form part of an ACT-wide youth alcohol strategy currently being developed. The strategy aims to achieve broad cooperation between government and community organisations through the development of innovative approaches to youth alcohol problems. The key feature of the strategy will be access and participation by young people. Priority issues to be addressed in 1993-94 are under-age drinking and young people, alcohol and violence. Of course, this approach aims to reduce the risk associated with under-age drinking and to promote a safer environment for recreational activity for the target group.

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