Repeal provisions on smoking ban
THE EDITOR, SIR
PARLIAMENT Should immediately repeal any provision on which the minister of health relies to create the ban on smoking in its present draconian, antisocial and counterproductive form.
The ban makes the minister appear to be the people's parliament or a dictator who rules by edict, although there is no doubt that the minister means well and a smoking ban is necessary. The rules are laws and these are made by Parliament in the manner provided by the Constitution, the supreme law of the land and the dominant characteristic of our political institution.
Without admitting that the smoking ban regulation is constitutional or is consistent with the Public Health Act, the legislators should immediately take steps to see that the power to make regulations should be sparely vested, in ministers.
Furthermore, when vested those regulations should not come into effect without the approval of Parliament. Exception, of course, are regulations affecting the collection of taxes, which, however, requires parliamentary approval to continue to be lawful.