Queensland implements new smoking ban

We previously reported on Victoria’s new smoking bans. Queensland has now followed suit and passed the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products (Smoke-free Places) Amendment Bill 2015 banning smoking at specified national parks, children’s sporting events, kindergartens and residential aged care facilities, outside of designated areas (amongst others).

The bans cover the sale of tobacco products from pop-up retail outlets, such as music festivals.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the new laws meant parents and children would now be protected from passive smoking in and around areas they congregate and elderly family and friends would also enjoy safer living spaces.

The Bill comes into effect on 1 September 2016.

To view the media statement, click here.

New Victorian donor laws (right to know)

We previously reported on the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Bill (Vic) allowing all donor-conceived Victorians access to identifying information about their donors when it was first introduced into Parliament.

The Bill has now successfully passed through the Victorian Legislative Council without amendment and will take effect from 1 March 2017.

Previously, only people born from sperm or eggs donated before 1998 had access to identifying information about their donors without donor consent.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said, “We believe all donor-conceived people should have the right to know about their genetic heritage, no matter when their donors donated”.

To view our previous report, click here.