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Plain Tobacco Packaging (Removing Branding from Cigarette Packs) Bill 2009 [2010]

 

 

2008-2009

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plain Tobacco Packaging (Removing Branding from Cigarette Packs) Bill 2009

 

No.      , 2009

 

(Senator Fielding)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend product information standards to remove brands, trademarks and logos from tobacco packaging, and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Object.................................................................................................. 2

4............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Amendment of the Trade Practices Act 1974                          3

Schedule 2—Amendment of the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Information Standards) (Tobacco) Regulations 2004                                                                                        4

 



A Bill for an Act to amend product information standards to remove brands, trademarks and logos from tobacco packaging, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Plain Tobacco Packaging (Removing Branding from Cigarette Packs) Act 2009 .

2   Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3   Object

                   Noting:

                            the tobacco industry’s use of colour, novelty packaging and other imagery enables it to target particular market segments and convey brand character; and

                            that colour and imagery are also used to misleadingly convey relative brand strength and quality;

the object of this Act is to regulate tobacco packaging, in order to:

                     (a)  reduce initiation of tobacco use, tobacco consumption and quitting relapse;

                     (b)  enhance the effectiveness of package warnings; and

                     (c)  remove the package’s ability to mislead and deceive consumers.

4   Schedule(s)

             (1)  Each Act, and each set of regulations, that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

             (2)  The amendment of any regulation under subsection (1) does not prevent the regulation, as so amended, from being amended or repealed by the Governor-General.