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Tobacco donations Bill back on the parliamentary agenda.



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MEDIA RELEASE

DUNCAN KERR SC MP

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR DENISON

30 May 2005

TOBACCO DONATIONS BILL BACK ON THE PARLIAMENTARY AGENDA

A Private Members’ Bill proposing to make it painful and expensive for political parties to accept donations from tobacco companies is back on the Parliamentary Notice Paper.

Denison MHR, Duncan Kerr, first introduced the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Preventing Smoking Related Deaths) Bill in February 2004. In its report in September last year, the Senate Community Affairs and Legislation Committee recommended that the Bill proceed, but a federal election intervened…

The Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Preventing Smoking Related Deaths) Bill 2005, was introduced by Mr Kerr today.

“I will keep this issue alive until the last cent is handed over by big tobacco for the last time. If political parties want to receive public funding they should accept minimum ethical obligations.

“I am very proud to say that the Australian Labor Party last year announced that it would no longer accept money from tobacco companies.

“We did the right thing. Kim Beazley and the ALP can’t be bought by tobacco interests. There can be no appearance of a conflict of interest.

“Not one member of the Howard Government can make the same, unambiguous statement to their constituents,” Mr Kerr said.

Contact: Duncan Kerr 0418 125 161 or Cassy O’Connor 0400 628 939