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Thursday, 10 November 2011
Page: 8910

Senator McLUCAS (QueenslandParliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers) (18:58): As I said in my summing-up speech, the plain packaging legislation allows the tobacco companies to place an origin mark on the packet. It is an alphanumeric code which, as I said, will be on the packet. It is on a voluntary basis but I understand the industry is quite interested in protecting their product. It will assist the industry in that tracking and tracing that you referred to.

The legislation also allows for tobacco companies to continue to use other anticounterfeiting measures such as taggart ink and forensic-level differentiation of packaging materials.