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Harawria Not Happy With Report On Tobacco Inquiry

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Wellington, Oct 14 NZPA - Maori Party MP Hone Harawira says a report on the Maori Affairs select committee's inquiry into the tobacco industry does not go far enough.

The inquiry looked at the tobacco industry and the consequences of tobacco use for Maori. It heard from health officials, the public and tobacco industry representatives.

In his column in the Northland Age, Mr Harawira said the committee would start deliberating on its report in a week.

However, he said he was worried about the direction it had taken.

"I'm a bit disappointed at how tame our draft report is.

"Very little focus on addressing the impact on Maori (which is what our inquiry is supposed to be all about) and very little attention paid to putting the screws on the companies that kill."

He said he hoped the report could be strengthened before being presented to Parliament.

"This is our one chance to put the hit on the industry."

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