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Praise for smoking ban
LOCALS have welcomed the
State Government's smoking
ban in alfresco dining areas.
But most say this will inspire
little change in their dining rou-
Under the plan, outdoor din-
ing areas across the state will be
smoke-free by July 2016 to re-
duce smoking rates.
Smokers could still light up in
outside drinking areas, as long as
it does not double as a dining sec-
Williamstown resident Russell
Johnstone, who was having a bite
to eat on Murray Street last week,
said he enjoys eating outdoors
but cigarette smoke aggravated
"If someone lights up, I will
move," he said.
Willaston resident Darren Cox
praised the changes but said it
would not affect his dining hab-
"We come from the UK, where
they banned smoking for quite
a while, so it was unusual to en-
counter that here," he said.
Meanwhile, some local smokers
said they already had self-imposed
rules when it came to lighting up
Wendy Griffiths, who works lo-
cally, said she moves away from
dining areas if she plans to smoke.
"I don't tend to smoke where
people eat," she said.
Gawler Arms and the Southern
Hotel owner John Giannitto be-
lieves the changes will have little
impact on his businesses.
"We don't have massive smoking
areas for them now, so I don't re-
ally see it affecting us too much,"
The State Government will also
invest $1.1 million into an anti-
tobacco media campaign in re-
sponse to a statewide smoking
increase, which rose from 16.7 to
19.4 per cent in the past year.
"We come from
the UK, where they banned
smoking for quite a while, so
it was unusual to encounter
enjoying a bite on
Murray Street, has
commended a ban on
smoking in outdoor
PHOTO: Natalie Vikhrov
Gri ths stays true
MEMBER for Goyder Steven
Griffiths said it was a matter
of integrity that saw him refuse
an offer to take on the Speak-
er's role as part of an approach
from the Labor Party following
the March state election.
Following former Liberal leader
Martin Hamilton-Smith's deci-
sion to leave the party and join
the State Government as Minister
for Trade, Defence Industries and
Veterans' Affairs, it has emerged
Mr Griffiths was among a hand-
ful of Liberal MPs approached
by the Labor Party with a similar
Mr Griffiths, whose seat takes
in Two Wells, said he was not di-
rectly approached with the offer
of the Speaker's role, receiving the
message from a third party a week
after the election and before gov-
ernment was formed.
"They (the offer) came through
a party where they knew the mes-
sage would get through to me," he
"I never made any attempt to
contact the person who spoke first
Mr Griffiths would not reveal
the identity of the ALP member
through whom the approach came
but said they were "involved in the
Labor Party, in unions".
Mr Griffiths said he refused to
dignify the unofficial offer with
an answer because he valued his
"There's a lot of people (in my
electorate), especially Two Wells
people, who don't know me and
I hope to get that opportunity in
the future, but they voted for me
on the basis that I was a Liberal
"When I stop being elected or
leave politics...I want to be able to
walk down the street and hold my
head high about my actions and
what I tried to do for people."
He added the Speaker's role also
offered "no real authority".
"There's no chance of really in-
fluencing government policy from
the Labor side of things, it would
suit no purpose," he said.
"It might give me a personal
benefit but it does not help, I don't
believe, the wider community."
Mr Griffiths condemned Mr
Hamilton-Smith's actions this
week, saying he was gutted by the
"He's saddened me," he said.
"Those people in Waite (elector-
ate) voted for him, a lot of them
had actually voted for the Liberal
Mr Griffiths said he has not
spoken to Mr Hamilton-Smith
since his decision to leave the Lib-
"I don't know his full reasons,
he hasn't explained it to me," he
"My intention is to indeed speak
to him and the friendship that
we've had for the last eight years
demands a conversation to occur
"When I stop being
elected or leave politics...
I want to be able to walk
down the street and hold my
head high about my actions
and what I tried to do for
Steven Gri ths
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