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Additionally, in the 2004-05 ACT Budget, the ACT Department of Education and Training (DET) was allocated $939,00 over four years for:

• Promoting Healthy Students: Improving nutrition and promoting healthy lifestyles;

• Expanding school’s access to expertise in food and nutrition education, physical activity, health and physical education including dance, circus, gross motor programs and a diverse range of physical activity;

• Providing professional learning programs on nutrition and physical activity to teachers and members of the school community;

• Developing and implementing the ACT Department of Education and Training School Canteen Accreditation Program;

• Trial and implement a process for primary schools to monitor the health and physical activity of students.

Sport and Recreation ACT began Kids at Play in Oct 2004.

(4) In August 2005 the NSW Minister for Health announced that NSW will undertake an obesity prevention trial at a cost of $7.5million over five years. This trial to be implemented by the Hunter New England Area Health Service, would focus on overweight and obesity in children and young people aged between 0 to 15 years. This and similar research currently being undertaken across Australia is linked to the strategic work of the National Obesity Taskforce, a committee of the Australian Health Ministers Conference. The ACT is represented on the Taskforce and will be involved in discussion on reviewing best approaches and future directions.

(5) The ACT Government will consider the outcomes of the NSW trial and other research that assesses the effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing childhood obesity. The ACT already has in place a number of strategies to address overweight and obesity in the ACT.

Cigarettes and tobacco—legislation
(Question No 615)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 21 September 2005:

Has the Government reviewed the Territory’s smoking legislation, in particular recently enacted laws that allow smoking in partially enclosed restaurants and taverns; if so, what are the findings of that review; if not, why not and when will the laws be reviewed.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

In 2003, the Assembly enacted the Smoking (Prohibition in Enclosed Public Places) Act 2003, which prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places. When key provisions of this legislation take effect on 1 December 2006, the current Smoke-free (Enclosed Public Places) Act 1994 will no longer be in effect, including the provision which allows for an ‘exemption system’ for restaurants and licensed premises to permit smoking in parts of their indoor areas.

The Regulation under the Smoking (Prohibition in Enclosed Public Places) Act 2003 provides comprehensive definition of ‘enclosed’. The Regulation, which is currently before the Assembly, states that a public place is ‘enclosed’ if it has an overhead cover and is 75% or more enclosed by walls and the overhead cover. Under this definition, a public place

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