Senate debates

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Bills

Tobacco Plain Packaging Amendment Bill 2018; In Committee

1:03 pm

Photo of Derryn HinchDerryn Hinch (Victoria, Derryn Hinch's Justice Party) Share this | Hansard source

There were a few words in the middle of Senator Anning's diatribe there which made a lot of sense—that vaping should be legal in this country because it is a deterrent to smoking. The rest of it could've been written by a hack or a flack for Rothmans or Philip Morris. There's no secret about how many millions of dollars the big tobacco companies spent in court cases in London trying to override what the Labor government bravely did. They spent all that money, and our taxpayers' money was also spent. The plain packaging has worked. Smoking is reduced in Australia, and I will certainly be voting against this amendment.

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