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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (12 October) . . Page.. 3018 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

(b) the sale of any tobacco product for value may be found to be promoted by the supply irrespective of the actual belief of the defendant.

'(3) In this section-

"promotion", of the sale of a tobacco product for value, includes the inducement of the sale of the product for value;

"supply", of a tobacco product for free, includes the offer or exposure of the product for supply for free.".

Amendment 19 is about the information on a notice adjacent to a point of sale. Amendment 20 is about the definition of "object" Amendment 21 is about tobacco product giveaways.

Amendments agree to.

Clauses, as amended, agreed to.

Proposed new clause 17A

MS TUCKER (5.33): I move:

That the following new clause be inserted in the Bill: Page 16, line 40:

"17A Prohibition of sponsorships

Section 12 of the Tobacco Act is amended by omitting subsections (3), (4), (4A) and (5) and substituting the following subsections:

'(3) This section does not apply in relation to a scholarship given, or agreed to be given, by a manufacturer or distributor of a tobacco product to an employee, or a member of the family of an employee, of the manufacturer or distributor.

'(4) This section also does not apply in relation to a contract, agreement, undertaking or understanding mentioned in paragraph (3) (b) of this section, as in force immediately before the day the Tobacco (Amendment) Act 1999 was notified in the Gazette.'.".

This amendment is about the right of the Minister to make an exemption for sponsorship. We are putting up this amendment because we think it is important to have this in the legislation. It is the view of the Greens that there is the possibility of very influential events having tobacco sponsorship, particularly in light of the information regarding the habits of adults and when they started smoking. It has been found that most adults take up the habit of smoking during adolescence, starting between the ages of 12 and 16, and 80 per cent of new smokers are children. It has been put to me that the Government should be able to give sponsorship exemptions for sports teams. The example given was the Indian cricket team. That just flies in the face of all the evidence about what will influence young people. If one thing will influence young people, it is their sporting heroes wearing a cigarette logo and promoting cigarettes. It is quite unacceptable to have that ability left in the legislation. We believe that in the interests of progressing the cause of reducing the uptake of smoking in young people this amendment should be supported.

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