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Labor ends tobacco sponsorship of political events.



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Labor Ends Tobacco Sponsorship Of Political Events Jenny Macklin - Shadow Minister for Health

Media Statement - 30 October 2000

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Shadow Health Minister, Ms Jenny Macklin today welcomed the passage of Labor amendments to end political sponsorships by tobacco companies.

"The closure of the loophole allowing political sponsorships will bring to an end the era of tobacco sponsorship in Australia," Ms Macklin said.

"The last of the sponsorships for international sporting events will now be phased out by 2006. However, the Howard Government had left a loophole that allowed political parties to receive sponsorships for events such as the Liberal party dinners sponsored by Phillip Morris.

"This has now been closed by Labor with the support of the Democrats.

"In future tobacco company advertisements will only be permitted in their own name about matters other than promoting tobacco products or smoking as an issue.

"This will enable tobacco manufacturers or groups of manufacturers to run campaigns such as the current advertising against the illegal production and sale of "chop chop" tobacco.

"What will now be prohibited is advertising by third parties which are paid for by the tobacco companies and sponsorship of events under the exception allowed for political debate. The Constitutional issues of free speech raised by the 1997 High Court case of Lange versus the ABC have been accommodated in the drafting of the legislation.

"This is an important step forward and puts political bodies on the same footing as everyone else in the community.

"It is another step towards the ultimate goal of reducing the prevalence of tobacco smoking in the community and the heavy burden of costs that the community bears as a consequence," Ms Macklin said.

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.