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aimed at forming a new Government in Greece fail reach a decision, while Italy Government in Greece fail to

enters an economic danger zone. earthquake, with a number of

buildings collapsing, trapping residents inside. residents inside. The Federal Government's plain packaging

legislation expected to be

passed by the Senate today.

chicken processing plant in And angry scenes outside a

Melbourne, as workers strike

over conditions. You're watching ABC News over conditions. Good morning.

You're watching ABC News 24

You're live across Australia. I'm

Jeremy Fernandez. Let's take Jeremy Fernandez. Let's take a quick check of the weather first: US stocks have tumbled, as

Italy's cost of borrowing rose

to a new record for the Eurozone. The local share market has

on Greece and Italy in a

moment. We're standing by now

where the Health Minister, to take you live to Melbourne,

Nicola Roxon, is about to speak

every to the Minister. ... so that

every time a smoker takes a

packet out of their packet out of their pocket,

particular it's a mobile ad for a

particular brand. We want to put a stop to that advertising.

Every time a smoker, 20 or 30

times a day, takes a cigarette pack

pack out of their pocket, we

want to make sure that all that

it's showing is the harm that

can be caused from This law will be a big win for

families who have lost a loved

one to tobacco-related illness

and in Australia that's 15,000

people each and every year.

We're determined to reduce that

win for number, and this law will be a

win for those families if the

Senate passes it today. What evidence is there that plain packaging will actually work

and stop people taking up

smoking? Well, this will be a world first in Australia. We

are going to implement this

measure and show how we can help reduce the harm tobacco and the measure is one

in a number of tobacco control

steps taken for decades in

Australia and given us one of

world. But we believe it can the lowest smoking rates in the

be lower. There are more than be lower. There are more

20 different sturdies that show

that marketing and the

packaging of tobacco products

is an effective way to hook

people to this very addictive and very lethal product. Of

course we can't look to other countries around the world,

because we are the first in

taking this step, but we're very clear that the evidence

will work and we're determined and the research shows that it

advertising to take away the last method of

advertising that exists for

tobacco companies here in Australia. Big tobacco says

once it's passed through Senate, it will take action you against the Government. Are

you prepared for a fight

against these big companies? against these big companies? Big

Big tobacco have been fuming

from day one that this is a law that from day one that this is a

that they don't want

introduced. They want to keep

selling their deadly product

and we want to reduce their

market. So we're destined disagree with each other. But market. So we're destined to

we're not going to be bullied into not taking just because tobacco companies

say they might fight us in the

courts. We're ready for that courts. We're ready for

hope if they take legal action. We

hope that they don't. We believe this is a that's in the interests of the believe this is a measure

community and it would

better off for tobacco

companies to look at ways they could invest in something

that's not so harmful for the community. Can the Government community. Can the Government

compensation afford to pay billions in

compensation if that's how it compensation if that's

ends? The tobacco companies ends? The tobacco companies

compensation allege billions of dollars of

compensation will have to be

paid. We don't accept that argument. They're using argument. They're using that

as a way of threatening both to try not to proceed with this the Government and the

be law. But we know this law will

be a win for families who've

lost someone who have died from

cancer tobacco-related illnesses like

cancer and we are determined to

prepared go ahead with it. We're

prepared for legal action. We

hope that the hope that the tobacco companies

don't see it as necessary to don't see it as necessary to be

as litigious as they have been

elsewhere, but we are fully

prepared if they do. The Coalition said they'll vote for this bill but won't vote

(inaudible), is that a concern? Liberal Party can't decide whether they're for or whether they're for or against

this. They've made clear they will support the will support the plain

packaging legislation. I hope

Senate. I call on them to do they do that today in the

that. I don't think that they're really showing their

enthusiasm by nitpicking about which part of the bill

support and won't, but which part of the bill they'll

ultimately we're very confident that we have the support of the Government senators, of course, ultimately of the Greens and of some

members of the Liberal Party.

legislation to be That will be enough for this

their concerns about those you legislation to be passed. Have

particular parts of the bill? particular

Well, these bills Well, these bills have both been before Senate inquiries.

We have made changes to the implementation timetable, implementation

tobacco companies on very much, although I don't agree

I do agree that they're

entitled to sufficient time to implement these

and 1 December will now be

kick-in date for these reforms still next year. They say that's

still not long enough, they

need another couple of years.

Edge if the tobacco companies

have their way, obviously

they'd prefer us not to pass this legislation prefer it to take a very long

time if we do. We're prepared to be reasonable. We to be reasonable. We won't

listen to listen to unreasonable

requests. This will give the

companies nearly 12 months from the

the time that the legislation is passed. That's ample time

to make changes to their

packaging. They've seen what the plain packs need to look

like. They've had most of like. They've had most of the

specifications for a long time.

They'll have those final specifications

specifications when the law is passed

passed and the regulations are issued shortly after that. Will

there be anything else done to

allay the concerns of the

Opposition and tobacco at the last

introduced? No, this has a introduced? No, this has been

a very public position of the

Government. We're determined

to pursue it. The only changes

we've made are the ones that

relate to implementation. We

to do, given the laws didn't

pass the Senate at the time pass the Senate at the time we

hoped. We call on the senators

today to join with us and pass

this world-first legislation. Australians of all political

persuasions can be proud of the

tobacco control measures that previous governments have

passed for decades. This is just

just the next step that Australia needs to take to to reduce the harm caused from tobacco. You say the Government is

is prepared for the fight. Do

you have money set aside in

case compensation is needed? Well, as I've said on many occasions, we don't in our interests or taxpayers'

interests to give the tobacco

industry information about our

legal preparations or our legal

tactics or our finance s for

the legal fight. I'm the legal fight. I'm very

happy to say to the public that

we are well prepared. I think

we're on very strong legal

ground. We won't be bullied by litigation and we are prepared

to fight them if they do in

fact take that step. Okay,

thanks very much for coming. The Health Minister, Nicola

Roxon, speaking in Melbourne

about the expected passage

today of Australia's plain

packaging legislation for

cigarettes. Our correspondent

Melissa Clarke has been

watching that press conference

in Canberra. Mel, this will

pass - these changes will come

into effect a bit later than the the Government had planned, but nevertheless a victory it's considering this?

It certainly is a victory

because they've managed to get

the support of not only the

Greens, which is crucial for

the Senate vote, but also the

cross-benchers they get when this passed back in August

August in the lower House.

They've even managed to get the

Coalition to agree to support the bills, the bills, except for one of

those bills, which has to do with the trademark that is

being effectively lost by the tobacco companies by not being

able to display their branding

or their colours that or their colours that are identifiable with Coalition will oppose that element of the legislation, but

otherwise it will go through.

We will have the new packaging

rolled out rolled out by 1 December next year. It was year. It was to be mid-year,

but because the Senate has been

so busy, in particular with the

carbon pricing legislation,

they couldn't get it through in

time, so as we heard Nicola

time, so as we heard Nicola Roxon there saying she was

willing to give extra time to the tobacco companies. The

Government will be very pleased

to have a win here, the

supporting it, you but raising

the concerns they have about the trademark issue and the leader of the Coalition leader of the Coalition in the

Senate, Eric Abetz, reiterated those concerns when at Parliament House this

morning. In relation to

tobacco, I think everybody is

agree ed that it is a health hazard, everybody is agreed it

does untold damage to untold numbers of people and therefore

if we can use mechanisms that restrict smoking and the

take-up of smoking, that is a good

good thing. Now, how do about that? We have about that? We have some reservations in relation to

plain packaging, but our view is

is give it a go. The issue that we are concerned about is

intellectual property and

trademarks and we do not want

to set a precedent through a

well-intentioned piece of legislation - namely, legislation - namely, to reduce smoking - just because smoking - just because it's well intentioned doesn't mean

that it's good law. That's Eric

Abetz, the Coalition's leader in the Senate. Now, there are

still some debate to go in the

Senate, but we'd expect a Senate, but we'd expect a vote late this afternoon, early this

evening in the Senate to have

that legislation go through. Melissa Canberra, through. Melissa Clarke in Canberra, thank you. Let's go

to the political crisis in

Greece now, with a new leader

yet to be named. The Prime Minister, George Papandreou,

earlier said he was stepping

down to make way for a new

government that had been agreed

on by both sides. In a televised address to the

nation, he wished his successor

well. However, it emerged later that been decided on due to feuding in political parties. Greece

will run out of money next

month and if a new Government

isn't formed that can agree on

an emergency budget. As Greece struggles to resolve its

political crisis, Italy's debt political crisis, Italy's debt

problems are getting worse.

The country has entered an

economic danger zone facing the

real possibility that it will

not be able to pay its debts. The Prime Minister, Silvio

Berlusconi, has plenled to stand stand down and has only increased increased fears of instability.

Markets are crashing and the

global economy now real possibility of a new down

turn. Italy is in a turn. Italy is in a full-blown political crisis, with the

country on the edge of a

financial disaster. This

why - on the international

markets, its borrowing costs

have gone above 7%, a level

which forced other countries to seek a bailout. Italy seek a bailout. Italy is perceived as extremely weak

politically, which is bad,

because economically it is not

too weak, it's not as weak as Spain

Spain or Greece, obviously. But

in a cul-de-sac, very weak, and that

that is what markets do, they go after the

the focus has been on presidential palace in Rome,

with the Italian with the Italian President

stepping in to try to reassure

financial markets. In financial markets. In this financial emergency, the President of the Italian

Republic, summoned here today the

the Finance Minister and asked to see the key economic

proposals demanded both by the

European Union and also by the markets. The President adopting these measures within

a couple of days. Giorgio Napolitano had to come

out to insist there would be out to insist there would be no delay delay over economic reform. TRANSLATION: We need

decisions quickly to give a new

sense of responsibility and

cohesion of the nation. Italy

must now act to escape a very

dangerous situation. The promised resignation of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi last night had not as many predicted. Against the

number of those who had opposed

him, he had scribbled

"traitors", but the message

from the markets today was blunt, resign immediately.

Here is why - uncertainty.

No-one knows whether No-one knows whether elections

will follow or a national unity government. government. But for a nation

with low growth and high debts, time is running out. Please do

take decisions as soon as

possible for the wellness of

this country and whole of Europe, the whole Eurozone. The Italian people

know that a new austerity plan

is now likely to be hurried

through Parliament. There is

talk of a special sitting this weekend. Some of the measures, like raising the retirement

age, will be deeply age, will be deeply unpopular.

The reason why all this

matters, if Italy really matters, if Italy really gets into trouble it is too big an

economy to be bailed out. There

are reports that at least three

people are dead after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck television says a number of

buildings have collapsed,

including two hotels. An

earthquake in the same region

last month killed more than 600 people. You'd call it an

aftershock and not a new quake.

In fact, earthquake experts will

will tell you this sort of

thing is typical following an earthquake of the magnitude we

saw in Van. There was another

aftershock of a similar

magnitude earlier on today, magnitude earlier on today, but

it didn't cause any damage.

This one has. Again, This one has. Again, the peckualarts of these things,

the town the epicentre of this quake

quake closer to Van than the original epicentre of the first quake that caused all that

damage back on 23 October, in fact no buildings damaged in

Edromit itself, but several buildings

buildings down in Van,

including a hotel in the centre

of town. The response to this

new disaster has been much,

much more rapid, much more they need, they have the lights

they need, they have the heavy

equipment, search and rescue

teams on hand, small consolation when you get a building that

building that seems to have

collapsed to the degree this

hotel seems to have. Although you're correct there are no reports of deaths yet, it's

thought that at least 35 people

were in the hotel alone and

therefore there are fears that

there will be fate alts from

this as well. But this

building itself, it is the hotel, one staying in and one witness there were cracks in the who he

tell, notwithstanding that

people were assured it was safe

to go back in. This is the

problem they're having in Van.

The inspections process that declares whether buildings have

withstood the initial quake withstood the initial quake and

ensuing some 100 aftershocks,

if then, having withstood that much, they're safe to and much, they're safe to occupy

and can be signed off as

resilient enough or not. That

process hasn't happened yet, or it buildings. So a very nervous

local community, many of whom

wouldn't go back into their homes at all because they were

fearful of exactly this sort of

event happening will now feel

entirely justified. Many

thousands of people in this

region are still living in

tents. This certainly won't add to their feelings of

comfort and comfort and reassurance tonight. It's currently 1.15 in the

the morning. That rescue effort

effort is continuing. We'll

bring the latest as it comes to

hand. Police are monitoring hand. Police are monitoring a picket fight late yesterday. Workers

at the chicken processing at the chicken processing plant went on an indefinite strike over conditions at the factory.

A security guard who tried to

cross the picket line had his

car key s taken away from car key s taken away from union

members. One person was

treated for an arm injury.

Later this house we'll speak to Tim Kennedy, secretary of Tim Kennedy, secretary of the Victorian branch of Victorian branch of the national union of workers. He

was at the protest until late

into last night. We'll speak

to him in about half an hour. A series of caused havoc in parts of Sydney,

Sydney, Victoria and south's

Riverland region. Victoria was one of the worst hit of the

three States. The Victorian

SES State Operations

Tim wee bush, says the SES

received more than 1,000 received more than 1,000 calls

for assistance We saw golf ball

sized hail outside Ballarat and

across bayside suburbs in

Melbourne and out through to

Warragul. Our volunteers have

been kept very busy with nearly 1100 requests for assistance.

Nearly 50% resulted as a result

of flash flooding. We've seen

totals in the order of 30 to

50mm right across the metropolitan

metropolitan area. In north-east of the State we are

still keeping a close watch on our

our rivers, where we've now

seen up to 70mm of rain in the catchments there. It's certainly starting to certainly starting to clear

most parts of the State now,

but warjs are still current but warjs are still current for

the north-east and east

gipsland here in Victoria, for

flash flooding and severe

thunderstorm activity which will continue throughout will continue throughout the

morning but should have cleared by early afternoon. In coming News Limited CEO says

Australian politicians need to

toughen up and get over toughen up and get over their glass jaws. Mr Williams has

played down suggestions he's

been brought in to repair the company's relationship with the

Gillard Government. Federal Ministers and the Greens have

accused News Limited papers of

bias. Mr Williams says the

papers are just being robust.

Rupert Murdoch is to take up the role of News Limited

chairman, while Mr Williams replaces the long-serving chairman and CEO who has resigned after more

than 40 years with the News Group. News liment sd to some

extent an organisation trying

to turn itself profitable

behind pay walls. Is your departure connected to that

strategy? My departure is due

to nothing other than my desire

to move on and refresh our

management. Media companies

are in a transitional period

and our company is and we're

very well positioned for that.

I'm delighted to have it in

good health on to someone as

capable as Kim. There was talk

you wanted to go sooner and you held off held off because of the controversies with

overseas as well as here. Is that

that true? A whole lot of things

things are true. I wanted to

retire at 55 at some point retire at 55 at some point and

thankfully I didn't. But there

are always things, there's a

media inquiry next week, which

I'll be appearing at. They're

all part of the rich fabric of

being in this industry. My timing is of things, but most of all the

fact that we have such a solid succession plan with Kim and

Richard going to Foxtel. Richard going to Foxtel. Kim Williams, why are you? I think

you'd have to ask others that.

I think I'm up for the job. I

certainly have had a lot of

training from John and I've had

a lot of training in News Corp. What sorts of What sorts of instructions have you received from Rupert

Murdoch? I think discussions

that I have with Rupert that I have with Rupert Murdoch are between me and him. Are

you the man who has to kiss and

make up with the Government? I think that's

just trying to do a bit of a

beat-up. It's trivialising an important issue, a free and independent independent media must independent media must always examine governments and oppositions and do so confidently and independently. There's been criticism,

though, from Ministers at

ministerial level, from others

in the Government about the

treatment from the telly and

other tabloids. Do you accept

any of that is fair criticism?

I think we have a kind of

national glass jaw syndrome in

a lot of political life at the

moment and that's to be

regretted. What's your plan as

far as pay wall of News pay wall of News Limited? I haven't taken the job up yet.

I think I need to actually work

with a lot of colleagues at

News in order to actually put that

that plan forward. You'll have

to watch this space. You said

onski News today you had a onski News today you had a lot of experience in managing customer relationships and that

you were emphasising in that interview your expertise and

skillset from Foxtel. Is that

part of the strategy having you

come across to News? Well, I certainly

certainly bring skills in managing a subscription enterprise.

skillset I have developed over the

the last 10 years. One of John's titles that you John's titles that you don't take over is that of chairman.

Why is that? Why is Rupert

Murdoch taking over? Look, I welcome Rupert Murdoch being

the chairman of the company.

He has more media experience

than anybody in this country . What's the message to

shareholders, though, of taking shareholders, though, of him taking that role? I think it's

a message of saying "I care,

I'm involved, I wish to be part

of it". The incoming News

Limited CEO his predecessor John Hartigan

speaking with the ABC's Peter

Lloyd. Let's look at Lloyd. Let's look at some

major sports stories of the day

now. Steve Pearce joins us. Day one in Cape Town is under way

way in the cricket. How has it

been looking for Australia?

Looking okay slightly, Jeremy.

It's not what you call an ideal

start. It's a bit difficult to tell, because it was an

overcast day, the ball

overcast day, the ball was moving around, Australia was

put into bat. Things could

have gone better definitely. It's finished up 8/14, see Dale Steyn taking the early

wicket, Philip Hughes

wicket, Philip Hughes turned

inside out by Philander. Ricky

pontszing chimed in with a six, but didn't last but didn't last longer and was

another victim for Steyn, who

took four wickets. The match

evenly balanced at this evenly balanced at this point.

There's Clarke hitting four.

He hit 17 in his unbeaten 107,

Jeremy. It's so difficult to tell where this match is exactly poised until Australia

completes its first innings

tonight and of course then will be a fair bit of pressure, though, on Australia's bowlers Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris,

Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon if

he gets a bowl in the first

Africa would have the Africa would have the upper

hand to this point, but really

we'll have a much better we'll have a much better idea

24 hours from now when we're

through two days. Let's go to

the drama unfolding in Manly.

Things are finished for Des Hasler, it appears? It

certainly looks that way, how things

things can go wrong very quickly. The grand was only just over a month or

so ago and now, like you say, it looks like everything has

come to an end. Scott Penn

came out, we'll hear from him in

in just a minute, to say that the club had decided to stand

him down, pending - they're

going to give Hasler a chance

to explain what is perceived to

be he basically seems to be

poaching or taking players and

staff from the club with him staff from the club with him so go to Canterbury, where he's

contracted to coach from the

end of next year. So it's a bit of

They unveiled a great

succession plan with Geoff

Toovey, Des Hasler, but success

plans have a habit of sounding

better on paper than otherwise.

fall over a bit. We can hear

from Scott Penn last night.

The board has met this evening

and are of the opinion that there have been serious

breaches of contract by coach

Des Hasler. The board has invited Des to explain invited Des to explain his

actions and, in the mean time,

he has been stood down. We will comment until Des has had the

chance to respond. So there's

Scott Penn speaking last night.

There will be more to play out on that during the day,

Jeremy. That's right, Steve.

Of course the golf is under way

this morning at the Lakes as

well? Yes. It seems like

we've been talking about this

for months and months, but it's finally under way. The finally under way. The first players teed off at 7 this

morning at the Lakes. Dustin

Johnson has made early moves.

He's four under the card on his

front nine. Geoff Ogilvy made

an early move to get under but dropped back to one

under. Bubba Watson is playing

well, Ashley Halls right up

there as well. It's very early

stages in the round. Tiger Woods, Jason Day, and Robert

Allenby, if you like the

marquee pairing for the day's

play, tee off at lunchtime at

the Lakes. Big crowds will the Lakes. Big crowds will be there all day following there all day following the

action. It seems like the big

names are rising to the top.

Let's hope that at least two or

three of those good players

this afternoon also put in good

rounds. There should be a crowd at the Lakes. Hopefully they'll be served with good

golf. What about the Paris

Masters, how are the big names

going there? Very well. going there? Very well. Nadal

is the only one to miss

is the only one to miss the townment. Of the three big

guns, if you like, who came

into the event after the first

couple of days action when they

tend to get a bit of a

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic

and Andy Murray all had wins.

You can see Novak Djokovic You can see Novak Djokovic here

just seeing off Ivan Dodig, the

Croatian, straight-sets win for

him. Andy Murray surpassed Roger Federer in the

rankings. He saw off Jeremy

Chardy, a Frenchman. Roger

Federer, who's drifting a

little bit but still more than

handy, he saw off Adrian Mannarino,

well. It wasn't a good night

for the French. Monfils lost

as well. Novak Djokovic was in doubt coming doubt coming into the tournament with a tournament with a shoulder

injury. It seemed like injury. It seemed like he

might not play. He has. He is

playing the inyou are jy down a

little talking about his win. It's It's not an injury. I think

it's more a strong inflammation

that was caused in a change of technique of technique of the serve because of the that, the one that kept me that, the one that kept me away for four or five weeks, the

abdominal injury. But I still

am not playing on top of am not playing on top of my game on the court and still getting used to the conditions,

because I haven't played since

last December. But things are

getting better. I'm trying to

stay positive. Novak Djokovic

there. There's this tournament and then

couple of weeks. Them' get couple of weeks. Them' finally

get a bit of a break. We can't leave sport without talking

about swimming. Ian Thorpe, about swimming. Ian Thorpe,

the headline act of it all, and it continues underwhelming so far? Yes, I

think that is probably a good

description, Jeremy. It has

been. It's very hard to know

what to expect from all this.

Ian Thorpe himself I think is

coming to terms with the fact

he's not even probably going to

make finals in most events he swims

swims at the moment. He's

swimming strange distances,

different strokes. I guess

he's just trying to get that

competitive edge back. he looks a little too he looks a little too comfortable with his

performances which aren't great

at the moment. I suppose you

have to give him a couple of months. He's not months. going to click straight into gear. At this point he

has to go to Tokyo this weekend

for the last World Cup meet, for the last World Cup meet, a

bit more practice for him, and

then I think he'll reassess.

He missed the 100 fly He missed the 100 fly final

last night as well. It's been an underwhelming, an underwhelming, disappointing

start to his comeback. I guess

we can't really we can't really assess it, probably two or three months we'll get a better idea. Thank you very idea. Thank you very much, Steve Pearce. Let's check now

the day's weather. Vanessa

O'Hanlon joins O'Hanlon joins us. Thanks,

Jeremy. Plenty of wild weather

moved through three States

yesterday, NSW, Victoria and

also SA. SA still a lot also SA. SA still a lot of

homes in the Riverina or

riverland, sorry, still without

power. Things won't be

restored until tonight. Around

120mm of rain has fallen at

Charlotte's Pass in NSW and around around 80mm at Mount Hotham in

Victoria. We can see pictures

of flash flooding that happened

in Victoria yesterday

afternoon. We still have a

frontal system this trough away, but it this trough away, but it was

the cold air and the hot air

mass that combined to create all

all of this flash flooding and

severe storms. It's still

coming down from the Kimberley.

As you can see moving off the coast and towards the north-east of NSW north-east of NSW and throughout Queensland. Still hot, humid winds on the eastern

side of the trough and another

weak front is moving into weak front is moving into the south-west of WA. Around south-west of WA. Around the

States for today, Queensland hot fire weather warning for the

channel country, 39 in Longreach.

Longreach. Western districts can expect more storms and

showers, also about the

tropics, and a few showers also in the south. For NSW,

expecting a top of 28 degrees

in Sydney, with isolated showers across

showers across most of the

State. In Victoria, most of

the rain has moved over to the

eastern parts of the State, still a severe warning for the north-east and regions. 23 in Melbourne the regions. 23 in Melbourne and

the skies are beginning to fine

up. Tasmania - scattered

showers about the State, a top

of 20 degrees in Hobart

in Devonport. For SA - a

cooler day, but mostly dry. We'll see just a few showers

about the Far East and Adelaide

is heading for 23 degrees. In

WA, with the weak front through, a few isolated showers

about the south-west, about the south-west, otherwise

mostly fine conditions as head mostly fine conditions as we

head up to Canarvon, a top of

29 degrees. Hot and also quite

stormy across the Kimberley

today and across the NT,

isolated showers and storms, isolated showers and storms, 33

degrees the top in Darwin. Looking ahead to tomorrow:

These are today's top

stories - leadership turmoil in

Greece and Italy continues to unsettle

unsettle global financial markets. Greece is yet to name a successor to the former Prime Minister George Papandreou because political parties while Italy

is facing the possibility it

will not be able to pay its

dealts. The Prime Minister's decision to stand decision to stand down has increased instability fears. A

5.7 magnitude earthquake has

struck Italy. The tremor struck

15km from Van province which

last month was hit by a

powerful quake that powerful quake that left hundreds of people dead.

Australia's about to become the

first country in the introduce plain packaging laws for cigarettes. The Senate will

today vote on the Government's plan to force tobacco plan to force tobacco companies

to sell cigarettes in plain green packages without green packages without company logos. The change will come