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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 18 May 1993) . . Page.. 1498 ..

A number of campaigns have been picked up by the Health Promotion Fund. In some respects the alcohol industry as well has taken a fairly responsible approach to this matter. Whilst on the one hand their aim is to sell more alcohol, they recognise that the effects of alcohol on society as a whole can be fairly savage, and the involvement of young people in the consumption of alcohol, of course, is something that we all - and I include the community and the alcohol industry - want to prevent.

This Government will be working on a campaign which aims to draw the attention of young people to the particular problem. It is all right for us to wave our finger, but I suspect that many of us had fingers waved at us when we were young. Some of us took notice; some of us did not. It is not merely a matter of waving one's finger at young people. It is a matter of involving them in the process - not, as was once the case, excluding them from the process - in order that we may get some recognition amongst young people of the dangers of consumption of large amounts of alcohol out there in the community.

Mr Humphries: When are we having pubcard?

MR BERRY: Mr Humphries raises the issue of pubcard. That is not the issue. Again, that is going down the prohibition line: "If you do not have the pubcard you will not get a drink". What you really have to get into the minds of young people is recognition of the dangers of the consumption of alcohol in large quantities, or in any quantity for some people.

We are indeed on a campaign which is aimed at helping young people, but we are involving them in the process rather than adopting the prohibition line, because we know that in many cases that has not worked. There we are, Madam Speaker. The Government is working on the issue. It is not a problem that bobbed up yesterday. It is a long-term one and it is one that we do not expect to solve overnight but one that we will continue to work with and one that the community is aware we are committed to addressing.

Ms Follett: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper, Madam Speaker.


MR BERRY (Deputy Chief Minister): Pursuant to section 6 of the Subordinate Laws Act 1989, I present subordinate legislation in accordance with the schedule of gazettal notices for a determination.

The schedule read as follows:

Taxation (Administration) Act - Determination No. 41 of 1993 (S79, dated 11 May 1993)

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