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eyes on the prize

1 December, 2011

841. Dr J.M. WOOLLARD to the Minister for Health:
The minister has said that he supports reintroducing smoking in mental hospitals. This will harm patients and lead to more aggressive behaviour.
(1) Have costings been sought for legal cases against the state?
(2) Each year a state is awarded the dirty ashtray award for its lack of action on tobacco control. Will the minister accept my dirty ashtray award for his support for reintroducing smoking in WA?

Dr K.D. HAMES replied:
(1)–(2) There would have been a time when I had a dirty ashtray of my own.

Mr B.J. Grylls: But you do love an award, though, Minister for Health!

Dr K.D. HAMES: I do like an award, yes.

Subject: Mental Health Facilities – Smoking Policy [Legislative Assembly – Questions Without Notice]

Date: 24 November 2011

Hansard reference: p. 9875 [online (pdf)]

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