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Thursday, 10 November 2011
Page: 8912

Senator McLUCAS (QueenslandParliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers) (19:05): In terms of your question about what budget stream it may or may not come from, that it is a hypothetical question. Whilst we have had threats from the tobacco industry, we do not have a legal case. Let's jump that bridge when we get there—or if we get there.

In terms of whether we are on strong legal ground, Minister Roxon has made it very clear that she believes—and the advice she has received does make her believe—that she is on strong legal ground. I would certainly encourage your side of politics to be progressing the success of this legislation rather than almost cheering—it is not from you, Senator Fierravanti-Wells but from others—when certain tobacco companies start the threatening language that they use from time to time.