The anti-tobacco lobbyists, the ones who seek to ban, block, tax and attack tobacco at every instance, are claiming victory in a recent FTA dispute in Hong Kong.
The federal government has won its case against tobacco giant Philip Morris Asia challenging Australia’s tobacco plain-packaging laws.
It means the former Gillard government’s plain-packaging laws, introduced in 2011, will remain in place.
The tribunal in the arbitration, based in Singapore, has issued a unanimous decision agreeing with Australia’s position that it has no jurisdiction to hear Philip Morris’s claim.
Philip Morris has slammed the decision, saying it does not validate plain packaging in Australia or anywhere else. Read more »