Looks like the Aussie are going to repeal the plain packaging law

Oh dear, it looks like the Libs are going to have a crack at repealing the plain packaging laws that has landed Australian in a WTO court case.

On top of that they are also going to roll back other nanny state laws.

COALITION backbenchers want to repeal the tobacco plain packaging laws, warning that the policy reflects Labor?s ?addiction to nanny state policies? such as the alcopops tax and FuelWatch.

As public-health advocates yesterday debated industry figures showing a 0.3 per cent rise in tobacco sales under plain packaging, revealed in?The Australian, Liberal MP Alex Hawke likened the initia?tive to other ?nanny state? policies that Labor pursued, ?even when it appeared they wouldn?t work?.

?I think our policy should be evidence-based and where governments get the best bang for their buck; that is on individual responsibility, rather than big government,? Mr Hawke said. He said the tobacco policy had failed and it should ?absolutely? be revisited.

Queensland Nationals MP George? Christensen said this week that plain packaging signalled an ?inch-by-inch encroachment into our personal lives?.

?If we honestly believe that smoking is that evil, we should have the guts to ban it. If we do not feel that strongly about it, then get?out of people?s lives,? he told parliament.

Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash reserved her judgment until further statistics were released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare later this year.

Opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King said Labor would oppose any changes. ?Only the tobacco industry thinks plain packaging is a bad thing ? that?s because they know they?ll be ?selling fewer cigarettes to fewer people,? Ms King said.

?Household expenditure on tobacco and cigarettes continues to decline. The March 2014 data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows it?s at its lowest level ever.?

Greens senator Richard Di ?Natale hailed the switch to cheaper cigarettes, saying the policy had undercut the power of brands to attract younger smokers.

Public Health Association of Australia chief executive Michael Moore said the rise in tobacco sales recorded in the study was a net decrease, when adjusted for population growth, and the few remaining smokers would be the hardest to convince.

About time NZ Legislators kicked plain packaging to touch, to avoid the sort of blow back Australian politicians are getting.

 

– The Australian

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