By Netania Lim
1:03pm: Bill on smoking laws now being debated in the Legislative Council.
1:09pm: The Mater Christi group is sponsoring this Bill to “enact a cultural change.”
1:15pm: Tessa Buchanan of the Overnewton group says that current legislation is effective in reducing tobacco usage while protecting fundamental rights of individuals to smoke.
1:26pm: A critical part of growing up is learning to be responsible, according to members of the Overnewton group.
1:29pm: Cigarette butts are one of the biggest causes of litter in Australia, say advocates of the smoking bill.
1:37pm: Supporters of the bill say the black market will not be affected if this bill were to pass.
1:41pm: Brodee Turner, an opponent of smoking prohibitions, says the black market will thrive.
1:42pm: “This is a matter of you hurting your fellow citizen,” says champions of smoking prohibitions.
1:46pm: Older people will still be able to smoke so the negative effects of second-hand smoking will still be present.
1:54pm: Amendments are now being debated.
1:59pm: The smoking prohibition bill has been passed.