TOBACCO CHIEF UPSET -
NOISY PROTESTERS DISRUPT NICK GREINER'S OLYMPIC TALKS
Brian McBride ejected from Nick Greiner's Olympic function
NSMA members have staged two more protests against that God fearing
Catholic gentleman who once implored us to vote for him as Premier
of the State of NSW because he was a true leader with a conscience
and a zeal for doing good. He was a person whose Harvard education
and business skills meant he really knew what the problems of the
world were all about and, given our support, he would make a better
world for us and our children.
His pronouncements on how to introduce better health
and educational systems fooled the best of us.
NSMA is really escalating our attacks on this
hypocrite to prove that you can't be a respected leader
of our Olympic Management team while you are
a paid merchant of death as the Chairman of a tobacco
company killing 18,000 Australians every year.
The new TV series on "The Tobacco Wars" which started on
Channel 2 in Sydney on 20 January,
shows the appalling dishonesty and criminal behaviour of these people
over nearly fifty years and yet they still expect
the public to show them "respect".
They won't get any from us and we are determined to get the
dishonourable Nick Greiner sacked from the Olympics Board of management,
(For overseas readers who may not know
the political history Nick Greiner was also judged
guilty of corrupt behaviour in appointing his mate
to a plum job in return for a political advantage
and was forced to resign as Premier of NSW.)
You would think that would be enough to realise that
there is eventually a reality check on such a things
as integrity and honesty in public life and that
you can only fool all of the people some of the time.
But no, Nick has happily embarked on a new career
perpetuating the biggest con job in modern history.
That is, tobacco doesn't harm people and even if it did,
it does not matter very much.
Anyway, thinking people don't blame the tobacco industry,
they blame the idiots who are stupid enough to take it up!
It is all someone else's problem,
you can't blame us silver tailed north shore executive types
with our shiny Order of Australia medals proudly displayed.
We are just doing our job and trying
to make a crust - it's every Aussie's right.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
We are not attacking the industry workers.
We are not out there waving placards at the 38 hour a week
battlers in the factories at Pagewood and Granville.
But we are attacking the credibility of people like
Greiner (and Zampatti and Cutler) for several reasons.
Firstly, Greiner took the job at a time
when the proven guilty lies and deception
of the industry were well known to all especially
well informed people like him. Secondly, as the new
Chairman of WD & HO Wills, now BAT Australia,
he is not just a worker, rather he is the captain of the ship.
He develops and directs the strategies which will best
ensure that Government anti smoking programs will
fail or be neutered and that the tobacco industry
will continue its murderous mission.
Thirdly, he knows the industry are using
his profile as a "respected" ex-Premier
and his labyrinth of old boy connections
through the Liberal party, to further their aims and objectives.
He knows he is being paid to deliver the goods
and he has no conscience about doing so.
This hypocrisy from a man who knew the health statistics
backwards before he took the job shows the depths
to which some people will stoop for their dirty dollars.
The Australian public are sheep if they are not
affronted by this public display of hypocrisy !
GREINER IS STAR SPEAKER FOR SOCOG
It would be bad enough if he simply slunk off
into dark corners with the other tobacco cockroaches
and kept a low profile.
But no, again Nick has such a low view of the public's
intelligence (or is he paying them back for dumping him?)
that he thinks he can go forth with a fanfare of trumpets
to spread the Olympic gospel of good health though sport!
He is now the No. 1 speaker sent out by SOCOG
for a nice fat fee to talk up what a good job they are
all doing preparing for the Olympics in September.
I hope that background will show why NSMA have gone
on the attack against this salesman of death
and disease on two more occasions since the last newsletter.
ROUND ONE - STATE LIBRARY PROTEST 12 OCTOBER 1999
When we received just two days notice of Nick Greiner's
seminar presentation as a paid speaker for SOCOG
at the State Library we hastily arranged for six NSMA members
to set up on the library steps with placards displayed
to the ninety members of the Accountants group as they arrived.
Everyone was handed a leaflet
headed "NICK GREINER to be tried before international court"
This pointed out the opinion of a Sydney barrister
that tobacco company directors will inevitably be
hauled before the International court
on the charge of crimes against humanity.
Greiner's lackeys nosed around and studied
our leaflet and asked who was this barrister?
When we declined to name him (Neil Francey)
they said anyway we know who it is!
They then tried to bluff us that we were trespassing
and tried to move us on before the "honourable" Nick arrived.
Of course we stood our ground and they could only
stand red faced as one of our members thrust
a leaflet into Nick's hands and asked him what he had to say.
Of course he was furious and bounded up the steps
two at a time throwing the leaflet over his shoulder.
He was clearly upset by this reception committee
but little did he know worse was to come inside.
Brian McBride had pre-booked and paid $60
for two tickets to the seminar and he and helper
Glen were already inside with a large plastic bag
containing a loudhailer public address system.
after a glass of the obligatory chardonay and a
few canapés they sat in the front row alongside
the organisers and VIP guests who chatted to us
about possibly joining the organisation.
Nick's introductory pleasantries talked
about how many of these folk had been members
of the young liberals - but
would you believe it - he had never been one.
After a few minutes Brian moved into
a strategic position in
How the Great Man Rationalises! - Nothing has changed in three years.
the front corner of the room with Glen
standing in front to restrict access to him.
Brian told the stunned audience that
we are sick of pretending that tobacco
company directors like Greiner are respected members
of the community.
They are simply drug pushers dealing in the
world's greatest form of preventable death and disease,
and should be shown no respect.
This was particularly the case with Greiner
because as Premier of NSW in charge of the
Health system he had all the statistics
and knew the harm done by tobacco better
than anyone else in the state.
The contradiction of a drug pusher going out
to speak on behalf of the Olympics,
which are supposed to be all about true principles
of sportsmanship and fair play and achieving
good health through sport, just could not go unchallenged.
SCRAMBLE FOR SECURITY
The 10 Watt loudhailer gave out more volume
than Nick's public address system so he soon
gave up and sat down, staring at the floor,
while Brian continued for the best part
of five minutes to extol the evils of the tobacco industry.
The chairwoman for the meeting made
a brave attempt to get past Glen and physically
wrestle the loudhailer from Brian's hands.
When this did not succeed she then tried
to reach what she thought was the "off" switch.
However she only succeeded in turning the siren on
and since it was right beside her ear she then retreated
in a state of shock.
Some of the yuppie men tried to drown out the speech
with cries of "boring - boring... " and kept up the chant.
Brian raised the volume a few notches and asked them
whether 18000 needless deaths each year,
every year was boring to them.
Perhaps it would not be so boring
when it affected their families.
Eventually two burly security guards were dredged up
from the tea room somewhere in the bowels
of the library and told Brian he had to leave.
Brian put up a counter proposition that
he would put the loudhailer away and would not interrupt
if allowed to stay and listen to the
talk (to gather more ammunition ) because he had
paid to be in there.
This request was refused so Brian and Glen demanded
and eventually got a refund of the $60 entrance fees.
ROUND TWO - CASTLE HILL RSL CLUB
A week later Nick was booked to speak at this venue.
This function was widely advertised through
the local papers as an opportunity for the
Castle Hill - Baulkham Hills district businessmen
to be briefed by Nick Greiner on what wonderful
things the Olympics would do for them and
how to get involved in them.
It was a breakfast seminar starting at 7.00 AM
so that businessmen could get to their offices by 9.00 am.
Again Brian and four other members of NSMA
pre-booked and paid the $25 to attend.
When Brian gave his name at the registration desk
the manager of the club approached him
offering to "check that bag for you".
Brian politely declined but immediately knew
that Greiner's minders had signalled ahead
to the management of possible trouble ahead.
He keeps everyone waiting
With typical arrogance you would expect
from a tobacco chief Greiner was late
and hence the serving of breakfast
was delayed awaiting him.
By 7.30 am the troops were restless and hungry
so the manager announced breakfast would start without him.
He eventually arrived by VIP Helicopter (SOCOG has a big budget!)
and started speaking at 8.00 am.
As soon as he was a few minutes into his speech
Brian produced the loudhailer
and started to tell the audience what a disgrace
it was that SOCOG were so bereft of talent
that they had to send a tobacco drug pusher
to tell us how the Olympics will benefit the youth of this country.
A security guard who had been standing nearby
and the assistant manager of the club immediately
descended on Brian and told him to leave.
Brian pointed out that, not only had he
paid to attend, but he was also a member
of the club and had a perfect right
to free speech on a matter
which reflected no credit on the club management
for bringing someone like Greiner to speak to members.
He offered to not use the loudhailer
but insisted he had a right to remain.
The club manager told him he must leave.
The security guard then grabbed him and twisted
his wrist under his arm forcing him to walk
to the door in the time honoured fashion that drunks are thrown out.
This issue of Update No 30 was really
due at the end of December 1999.
However in view of the editors heavy workload
on campaign issues it has been delayed to January 2000.
On reflection the Xmas period is always
a problem for printing and getting volunteers for the mailout etc.
Hence in future the issue dates will be adjusted to,
end of January, April, July, and October.
Renewal notices will be issued, as usual,
to cover the dates of issue of the Update.
I hope this is acceptable to members
and I apologise for any inconvenience.
As soon as Brian had been escorted
to the manager's office Nick resumed his speech
with the observation that he is being "followed around" by this person.
At this point another NSMA member, Dr. Brian Learoyd,
got to his feet and challenged
Nick on his role in the tobacco industry.
Nick shook his head in disbelief that
it was happening again and immediately resumed his seat.
Of course the security people quickly returned
and both Brians were impounded in the managers office
with a guard to keep them there while the police were called.
Brian McBride demanded the name of this guard
who he said had injured his wrist with unnecessary force.
The guard refused to give his name,
only the name of his security company.
Brian made a strong complaint to the club manager
about his treatment and made it clear he would be suing the club.
The police arrived in about 15 minutes
and after getting name and address details
asked the manager what action he wished to take.
Brian repeated his complaints to the police
about being assaulted and injured by the security guard.
The manager at this point declined
to press any charges and said he just wanted them
removed from the premises.
They were duly escorted to the footpath outside the club.
When they did not move off the police asked why.
Brian said he was waiting for the Sydney Morning Herald reporter
who had made an arrangement to talk to us.
They then said he had to move off the footpath
and wait on the other side of the road.
You can't be too careful with people crazy enough
to criticise an honoured member of the community like Nick Greiner!
MEDIA GETS A NO COMMENT
During question time Herald reporter,
Mark Ragg asked Nick whether his role in tobacco
created a conflict of interest with the Olympic ideals.
Nick gave a one word reply "No" and sat down.
I think he might be getting the message loud and clear.
We were most disappointed that the Herald
did not run Mark's story complete with the photos they took.
Perhaps they are getting tired of SOCOG stories.
Anyway the local press reported it and a copy
of that press item from the Hills Shire Times
is included as an insert with this Update.
We have sent copies of this local press report
in to all members of the Olympics Board, SOCOG.
At the same time we have asked for a list of all Nick's future
speaking engagements so we can increase
the pressure to force his resignation from
either the Olympics or tobacco.
We will keep up the campaign to prove he can't
have both and retain public credibility.
We have also warned the Board to expect
some special events in February during the visit of Mr.
Samaranch and other IOC visitors.
1997 NSW SMOKING REGULATION ACT
As with other agencies we are continuing
to chip away at this lack of action by the Government.
It was encouraging to see Premier Bob Carr
even talking about it in December 1999
and saying he would welcome wide discussion
and submissions on just how far the bans
in pubs and clubs should go.
However we have waited months for a reply
to our letters proposing the nominated person in NSW Dept.
of Health receive a deputation of our members
to put our views as forcefully as possible.
Correspondence to the Minister or through local
MPs all finish up referring to Michael Reed,
Director General, who in turn nominates
Dr. Jennifer Gray as the person to talk to.
Even one of our interstate members
who wrote in pursuant to our action points
was given the same reference.
However she replies to no one.
If anyone knows what happened to Dr. Gray please let us know!
NSMA will now take up the Premier's invitation
to put a submission direct to him.
NATIONAL TOBACCO STRATEGY
An interesting seminar was held on 25 & 26 October 1999
to release of the latest version of the National Drug Strategy.
This was convened by the National Expert
Advisory Committee on Tobacco and the Federal Department of Health.
There were some exciting action headings including
Commonwealth priorities for action, National priorities for action,
Case studies of National Activity.
Too much detail to go into here and
I will give more comment as this promised action unfolds.
However as Shadow Health Minister, Jenny Macklin, points out,
they have not allocated one extra dollar to
anti smoking programs in this year's budget
so we won't hold our breath waiting
for this increased activity at the Federal level.
STATE RAIL MOVES AT SNAIL'S PACE
At the beginning of 1999 we started with the usual ritual
of beating our heads against the transport
Minister's brick wall of in-action re smoking regulations.
We took Channel Seven cameras on to platforms
and even interviewed smoking staff with cigarettes in their hands.
This year we took a stroll around Central
Railway Station to see if much has changed.
The selection of photos on various pages
of this edition show that they are moving at snail's pace
to put up extra No Smoking signage
but there is absolutely no evidence of any
enforcement of the bans which apply in all covered areas.
Twenty new signs in concourse area.
NEW SIGNS IN CENTRAL CONCOURSE
SMOKING OF ANY SUBSTANCE PROHIBITED
That is what the above sign in the country trains concourse reads.
It is good to see that they have put up
about 20 new signs around this area.
However, when it was pointed out to two security guards
that there were none of these signs out
on the platform areas they said - we have to let them smoke
somewhere, and out there is in the open air.
But it is still a covered area we said.
Well, if you want to argue about it go and see the stationmaster
the security man said.
So much for knowledge of, or enforcement of,
rules by the people paid to enforce them.
Three other photos in this edition show smokers freely smoking
in banned areas.
TENNIS TANTRUMS - Update by Brian McBride
It was twelve months ago that I was banned
from playing in the Parramatta Hills District
because I objected to cigarette smoke invading the playing areas.
We, at NSMA, realise we are pushing the boundaries
now by fighting smoking in the open air
and it is clear we won't get much help from
the mainstream health bodies
let alone from timid councils and politicians.
Never-the-less I am confident this is the way
of the future and the sooner we start the sooner we will win.
If only the health bodies realised it,
the most spectacularly successful measure
in reducing the level of smoking would be to get
public smoking restricted only to "designated outdoor" areas.
This would put smoking in the same social acceptability class
as going to a public toilet.
Something to be done in private and not a shared experience.
If smokers faced this constant obligation
to find a "permitted area" they would quit in droves
because life and social interaction would become too inconvenient.
What is more they would have to willingly accept
the public stigma as outcasts from society.
At present they move six inches outside any door
and feel fully justified and comfortable about lighting up.
There is a sort of "fringe club" - lets stick
together - mentality reinforcing their behaviour.
Indeed I saw an example of this recently at a 21st party
where more than half of the young people stayed outside
with the smokers instead of inside with the music and the fresh air.
It's cool to show you are different from the "oldies".
SRA staff smoking openly on platform 18.
Challenging Our Youth
Getting back to the specifics of the tennis club
I have been making the occasional protest
when smoking impacts upon me.
One night last September I loudly threatened
to sue two young people who were rude enough
not to comply with my initial request not to smoke.
While they just grinned at each other
and continued smoking another 18 year old ran over
to get involved by loudly declaring " I don't smoke
why don't you sue me - go on sue me".
His lack of logic gives a clue to his intellectual development
but it was an interesting example of the - "everyone
loves to hate a wowser" - syndrome.
However, I deliberately add fuel to these fires
in order to get as much conflict and discussion
on the issue as possible.
I am confident that
the majority of "don't want to be involved" young people
will come down against smoking if only they can be incensed
enough to make them get involved,
to see that decisions should be made
and that old practices should not continue by default..
Their initial reactions may be negative but
when the dust settles and the issues are frankly discussed,
non smokers' rights should prevail!
Attempt to Ban Fails at AGM
In addition to stirring the pot occasionally
I was hoping that a motion put to the Annual General meeting
of the club on 17 November 1999 might have achieved
the ban by majority vote. However that was not to be.
My motion to ban smoking everywhere except
in a designated area beside the car park
was lost by 4 votes for, 8 votes against, with 5 abstaining.
That shows a total of 17 players/members attended the AGM
in a club of some 300 members.
That is, unfortunately, symptomatic of the decline
in the participation of administration of the sport
which has always been a problem but is getting worse.
The young players are too self interested
to volunteer their time on committees so they just leave it
to the older dedicated members.
The 8 votes against my motion were the "old" committee group
including 3 smokers.
The others, of course, want to appear loyal
to their long time smoker friends and against troublemakers like me.
If I had not been so busy
with the other campaign activities
I could have easily stacked the meeting to get the desired result
but that would have been obvious to all concerned.
Continue Battle with Council
Indeed, from a broader campaign point of view
it is now advantageous for me to be able
to point out to Parramatta Council and all other councils
that big issues of health and safety around their sporting
facilities cannot be left to self-interested amateurs
and must be imposed by councils themselves.
I will now also write to health bodies like
Quit NSW and Quit Victoria seeking their sponsorship
of teams comprising non smoking players.
Part of that process will get those bodies making proposals
to Parramatta Council and hence pushing them to re-evaluate their stand.
I will also turn up the heat on Workcover NSW
who are still avoiding giving me the requested "in writing" statement
that there is no safe level of exposure to passive smoking.
(Come on Workcover - stand up and be counted on this!)
STATES EXPLORE LAW SUITS
During December 1999 it was reported in the papers
that the NSW Government and the South Australian Government
are both considering suing tobacco companies
to recover the costs of treatment of smokers in public hospitals.
A task force has been formed to investigate
the matter under the control of Attorney General, Jeff Shaw, in NSW.
NEW CIGARETTE BUTT FINES
Premier Bob Carr and the Sydney Lord Mayor, Frank Sartor,
have both announced new $60 fines for littering our streets
with cigarette butts. This is all part of the big clean up
for the Olympics and we will certainly need it
with the influx of a high rate of smoking tourists.
In fact if there is one good reason to get out of Sydney
during September it will be to get away from the smokers!
Anyway it will be good to see some action
on anti littering law enforcement
but we don't think it will be too dramatic.
For this reason we have offered City Council to provide
real "Smoking Police" for a modest 20% share in the fines.
We will advertise the jobs in the next Update if they accept!
Of course the real solution to the butts problem is
for the Government to legislate to make
the cigarette manufacturers provide a disposal compartment
as part of the original packet.
The industry lobbyists will make sure the Government
never gets serious about this because it would reduce
the industry's profit per packet and we can't have that.
Finally we note that Frank Sartor's new and expensive street
furniture including the upgraded litter bins are soon
converted into visually disgusting ash trays
as smokers grind their stubs into the decorative new tops
as shown in the photo.
Ugly Ash Trays on every street.
FLATS AND UNITS
We are maintaining a Register of people having problems
with smoke pollution from neighbours.
Please talk up this subject and if you hear of anyone
send the details in to us. We hope to start some action soon.
Perhaps "Global Talk" might be a more accurate description,
however it is good to hear that more than 100 nations
have agreed on the need for a global treaty to control tobacco sales.
The meeting was convened by the World Health
Organisation (WHO) in December 1999.
The two largest tobacco exporters, USA and Japan,
immediately opposed the idea of a complete ban on
advertising but it is early days in negotiations.
When you consider that the world death toll is equivalent
to the entire population of Sydney, or about four million people,
dying needlessly every year, you would think commercial
considerations would take a back seat. (Did I sat that!).
More talks to involve the 191 WHO members will resume in May 2000.
Assoc. Prof. Simon Chapman has done a great job over the years
in carrying the fight to the industry.
However I would be inclined to say he is letting the side down
by volunteering to defend outdoor smoking
as he has done in articles recently published.
However he is a very strategic thinker
and I would like to think he is playing devil's advocate
here so as to get the subject into more open debate
and hence bring a solution quicker than might otherwise be achieved.
Only time will tell.
Is it simple Simon, or clever Simon? What do readers think?
THOSE SMOKY RSL CLUBS !
No wonder we won the second world war !
With ferocious fighters like the Directors of our
Sydney RSL Clubs we could take on the world anytime!
No, I'm not having a shot at our diggers
who were the poor victims of a system
which encouraged them to smoke and
even issued them with free cigarettes
as part of the essential rations of a fighting man.
By the lucky lottery of date of birth
I was too young for the second war and too old
for the rest but my family has made its contribution.
My uncle died in the trenches in France,
my father served in Tobruk and New Guinea,
and my younger brother served in Vietnam.
Hence I am always proud to stand for the ritual
of the Ode and think the RSL is to be congratulated
on preserving the memory of those to whom we owe so much.
However when it comes to getting them to introduce
non smoking areas their thinking is still in the last century.
Correction, the century before the last.
We have been doing correspondence battles with Granville,
Bankstown and Marrickville RSLs
over the last twelve months with little success.
Our man takes action
One of our members had been demanding smokefree areas
around the karioke stage and had a series of run-ins
with smokers at Marrickville RSL. Finally, in total frustration,
last September he threw a glass of water
over the offender's cigarette to put it out.
Adolf would have been proud of the duty officer's response.
Our man was verbally abused and immediately stripped
of his membership card and told never to enter
the club premises again.
Of course NSMA went into action with our solicitor's letter
threatening all the usual things as well
as the full force of the law regarding their breaches
of the 1983 NSW Occupational Health and Safety laws.
These trench warfare Directors did not give in easily
but after venting their spleens with a Star Chamber
hearing they grudgingly re-instated our man to full membership status.
NSMA wanted to go further by putting a picket line
across the entrance to the club and handing out
appropriate leaflets to all who entered.
However, our man did not want to inflame passions further
and requested us not to go on with it for the present.
However it is still on the agenda for this or any other club
who needs to be brought into line.
BANKSTOWN RSL CAVES IN
We were approached by some parents of teenage children
attending their dancing school Xmas function to be held
in the function centre of Bankstown RSL.
The problem was they did not want the children exposed
to cigarette smoke and approached the club management
to declare the area smokefree for the night.
Once again these last century managers said no,
their normal smoking rules would apply.
NSMA asked a few questions and established that
the dancing school instructors would be on duty
and paid for the evenings work,
in addition to the catering and drinks staff provided by the club.
We quickly pointed out that the function room
would definitely be a workplace even if it was deemed
a private function in the club.
We armed the parents with chapter and verse of
OHSA 1983 to quote to the club and to the
dancing school proprietor.
Furthermore we said, you can assure them that
representatives of NSMA would be present at the function
and if there was any smoking we could guarantee
that a fully documented complaint would be immediately
lodged with Workcover NSW. Lo and behold within 24 hours
the parents reported back that everyone including
the club management now agreed it would be a totally smokefree event.
Steps off train, immediately lights up.
ANOTHER SMOKEFREE XMAS FUNCTION
We were approached for help in making the Otis Elevator
company staff Christmas party held in a club at
Campbelltown to be smokefree.
Management had refused this member's initial request
saying it was a social function, not work.
We again gave chapter and verse advice on OHSA 1983
section 15 and argued that such venues are workplaces
if staff are being paid to be there.
Armed with our advice and with subsequent support
from their occupational safety officer he approached
We are pleased to report that the function was made totally smokefree.
We must congratulate our members in having the courage
to stand up to the managers and take the initiative
on such important health issues.
SMOKING AT BUS STOPS
As part of our open air campaign we are building a case
on the specific circumstances of being a captive passive smoker
while waiting at bus stops. You are forced to endure these conditions
in order to use the bus service so someone must bear legal
responsibility. We have written to Sydney and Newcastle
bus companies with the proposition that they are responsible
for the health damage to our members who are collapsing at bus stops.
They, of course, have replied that it is not their problem
and we should refer to the local councils.
This is just round one with, no doubt, many more to follow.
We would like to hear from anyone who has suffered problems
in this area, so please let us know.
COFFEE SHOPS IN SHOPPING MALLS
One of our new members is a solicitor who has finally become
fed up with the continuing smoker's pollution
in her favourite city coffee shop.
She is bringing legal pressure to bear on
Workcover NSW to force them to prosecute this shop.
We have advised her of Workcover's preference
to talk to offenders and try to educate them without
prosecution for breaches of the OHSA Act 1983.
However, she is a determined lady and she wants
the full weight of the law applied.
We are warmly encouraging this because enough is enough!
We too, are sick of Workcover's pussyfooting around
trying to convert the likes of thousands of brazen
pro-smoking proprietors one at a time without
ever putting them through the courts.
Such an approach will take until the next Millennium
to achieve results.
A conviction and maximum penalty is what is urgently needed.
We could then get this into the media and arm
our members with leaflets to hand to their local
coffee shops to show them that the law is real
and that the penalties will hurt them.
Stay tuned for developments.
LETTERS TO EDITOR
In reply to your question in the last
Update as to whether we should be more tolerant
of smokers my answer is a strong NO!
Get these stinking drug addicts out of our restaurants,
bars and public places. Get them off our streets,
I'm sick of having to juggle my life around finding
non smoking restaurants etc., and having to sit indoors
on a nice day because the outside section is polluted with smokers.
When so much information is available,
I can't believe there are still new recruits of sheep
and unthinking robots taking it up.
This is unacceptable - zero tolerance, I say !
Bob Daisley, Elanora Heights NSW.
Bravo - for the last edition of Update would
easily be the best and most interesting
I have seen in a long time.
Excellent layout and photos and very relevant content,
I enjoyed reading it from cover to cover.
I particularly enjoyed the "war" with Parramatta Tennis Courts
and wish Brian McBride success with the campaign.
The main feature on restaurants reminds me of my extensive
campaign on this vital issue over 30 years.
I have again written to Premier Bob Carr
in NSW and to Premier Steve Bracks in Victoria
urging their governments to take some real action on this problem.
Here's hoping !
Steve Patroni, Adelaide, South Australia.
Young mother smokes in banned area.
I first started my anti smoking campaign in 1986
when incensed by huge billboards advertising
packets of fifteen cigarettes.
These small packets were obviously aimed
at school children and young people.
One particular gem portrayed a young girl
with a packet tucked in her knickers with the
caption 'Alpine 15s fit in anywhere'.
These ads suggested such small packets
could be concealed from teacher or parent. I am
presently writing a proposal for a reduction
in nicotine content which I believe is their Achilles heel.
Let someone powerful and authoritative in the
Movement publicly and forcefully advocate
a calculated and systematic reduction in nicotine by statute;
then wait for the industry's response.
Arthur Bester, Dangar, NSW.
I don't have a lot of compassion for smokers.
Most of them don't care where they blow their smoke.
Even if allowed to smoke in their own homes
they are still harming others, children and spouses.
I live in a block of
units and I have been affected in my bedroom
and lounge room by people smoking on the balcony
of the unit beneath me.
I want a social life but it is controlled by smokers.
I can't go to pubs and not many restaurants are smokefree.
I hope all anti-smoking movements become stronger
and fight with "no holds barred"
Norma Daisley, Mosman, NSW.
Ed. Note - Thanks to all who wrote in.
Not all could be published and the above are edited down to fit.
HIGHER GST COSTS - INCREASED FEES
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of the GST on our finances.
We are better off taking the option available
to non profit organisations and not registering
to become a tax collector for the government
with all the paper work involved.
However the down side is that we cannot
claim back any of our higher input GST costs
for electricity, phone, rent, printing etc.,
Hence we will have to raise our membership fees
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Accordingly the pro-rata increases are shown
on all renewal notices this year.
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over so many years and we hope that you will continue
to support us even if the increased fees make it more difficult.
You will notice that the usual action point requests have been dropped
from this issue.
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