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tobacco smoke and it will de-normalise smoking behaviour amongst this impressionable age group.

This latest achievement in the fight against tobacco highlights the reforms made over the past five years of tobacco control initiatives in the ACT. I refer members in particular to the Tobacco Amendment Act 2008 and the Smoking (Prohibition in Enclosed Public Places) Amendment Act 2009.

New measures minimising tobacco promotion were introduced in 2009 through the amendments to the Tobacco Act. This removed the last available avenues for tobacco advertising and visual smoking cues through the complete ban on tobacco point-of-sale displays effective from January this year.

Restricting places of tobacco use saw cleaner, healthier indoor public places across the capital from December 2006, closely followed by smoke-free outdoor eating and drinking places four years later, from 9 December 2009.

I am proud to say that we are creating a cleaner, healthier Canberra for many future generations to come. I look forward to other members’ support for this important bill in the Assembly today.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.

Crimes (Protection of Witness Identity) Bill 2011

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.09): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today I introduce the Crimes (Protection of Witness Identity) Bill 2011, which will provide a scheme to protect the identities of undercover operative witnesses in the context of court proceedings.

This bill is the fourth and final piece in a suite of legislation that the government has introduced into the Assembly to give effect to the cross-border investigative powers for law enforcement model legislation. This model legislation has been prepared by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General and Australasian Police Ministers Council Joint Working Group on National Investigation Powers.

The bill empowers the ACT Chief Police Officer or the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Crime Commission to give a witness identity protection certificate in relation to a proceeding. The certificate will:

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