Yesterday, myself, Dr Colin Mendelsohn and Dr Alex Wodak went to Canberra. Following is a summary of what happened there. We saw 3 members of the Liberal Health Committee They appear to be on board and we just need to iron out some of their queries by providing more information. It certainly wasn't a given but they are more on our side than opposed to us. We saw the most senior member of the Greens party in regard to this topic and one of their advisors (thanks to Alex). This went really well also. It was acknowledged that they have put this issue on the back burner for some time and know they need to spend some time on it. They told us they only had 5 minutes and ended up spending about 40 minutes with us. They know their stuff but need to work through the details which we are helping them with. They asked who the objectors were and we detailed them. They acknowledged it's probably out of fear that Tobacco Co's would get a benefit. They hate Tobacco Co's. They asked us about strategy on advertising and keeping them out of the market. We've some work to do with them but I feel optimistic. They've offered to contact some other key Greens in the states and provide us with an intro etc. We've lots of info to get to them also. Interestingly when I brought up that the CC is opposed to vaping for nicotine, and yet their public submission on cannabis said they would support if the delivery method was vaping and not smoking. they agreed with that and were very aware that this was the case. They could see the dichotomy in this position. Also they have friends that vape and basically know the benefits. We saw a Senior member of the Labor Party. He was the least interested and did listen to us but in some ways it felt like speaking to a blank wall. When we asked if there were others we should talk to, he mentioned another Senior Labor member. Colin said he'd met with this member's advisor and they appeared to not have an appetite for doing anything about this subject for the time being. Just before we left, I asked him about his thoughts on the subject and he said, I guess I'm in line with the other member's view, not much appetite for the subject matter at the moment. He did give us one person to contact and that is another member who apparently was singing the praises of vaping for some time. Attila's just reminded me that this is the member that Annette saw. Also the people from mychoice australia and the tax payers alliance were there too by coincidence. They are there for the week on ecigs and other topics. Via them, we also met with another Chief Advisor to a Senator. He was a bit grumpy but I heard good things about this meeting after he walked away. Not sure who else they have or are meeting with. Also Colin ran into the CEO of the Royal Australian College of GP's who when asked by Colin yesterday, was very pro vaping. Alex ran into about 10 people he knew. As you would expect, singing his praises. Gee I'm pleased they are on our side. Both top blokes. Colin will be back in Canberra next Monday to see the tobacco/health portfolio Assistant Minister. He's also going to a dinner that night and hopes to further network. With all the suggestions we were given on people to see, if Colin makes other appointments during the day, one of us will also go up. Not for the dinner, just the meetings. It's obvious the Medico's get us the meetings and have alot to contribute but the smoker stories are the most effective. Funny for the day.... We were in a taxi to the airport and when we were pulling in I piped up with "Hey Driver, we are all Virgins" meaning flying Virgin Airlines. Everyone cracked up. PS: I've intentionally not mentioned pollies names as I don't think it's helpful to do so. Sorry for anyone that is annoyed by this. THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE THEY ALL GAVE US IS....MEET WITH AS MANY POLLIES AS YOU CAN FROM ALL PARTIES AND CROSS BENCHERS. GET YOUR PEOPLE TO RING OR ARRANGE MEETINGS WITH THEIR LOCAL MEMBERS BECAUSE IF IT EVER COMES TO PARLIAMENT, YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PEOPLE ON YOUR SIDE NO MATTER WHICH PARTY THEY ARE FROM.