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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4057 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

Mr Speaker, this process of reforming the law of defamation in the ACT has not been a speedy one. In fact, I announced my intention - at the time as shadow Attorney-General - to reform the law of defamation more than 10 years ago. I would only say in that regard that, by the pace of reform elsewhere in Australia with respect to this area of the law, that is actually very speedy. Mr Speaker, I commend this Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stanhope ) adjourned.


MR HUMPHRIES (Treasurer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Community Safety): Mr Speaker, under standing order 128, I fix a later hour this day for the presentation of the Interpretation Amendment Bill 1999.


MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (10.49): I present the Tobacco Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

I seek leave to have my presentation speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows:

Thank you Mr Speaker.

Two months ago, this Assembly enacted a range of important measures to help limit the demand for, and the supply of, tobacco products to young people.

These amendments to the Tobacco Act 1927 have generated enormous interest in other States and Territories and are already being talked about as the benchmark for strategies to control tobacco advertising, promotion and illegal sales.

In October, I indicated that I would be coming back with the second part of the Government's proposed amendments to the Tobacco Act: it is these amendments that I am pleased to present today in the form of the Tobacco Amendment No. 2 Bill 1999.

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