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Liberals should stop taking donations from big tobacco.



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Senator Kerry Nettle Australian Greens Senator for New South Wales

Liberals should stop taking donations from big tobacco

23rd Aug 07

If the Liberal Party wants to be taken seriously when discussing the health risks of smoking,

they should donate the over $1 million dollars they’ve received from Phillip Morris and British

American Tobacco to cancer research, Greens Senator for New South Wales Kerry Nettle said

today outside a Liberal party fundraiser hosted by the Federal Minister for Ageing, Christopher

Pyne in Sydney.

“Christopher Pyne cannot deliver an effective ‘quit smoking’ message while his party continues

to accept donations from big tobacco companies," Senator Nettle said.

“Smoking is the single greatest cause of death and disease in Australia. According to the 2001

National Drug Strategy Household Survey tobacco use caused 19,000 deaths and 142,500

hospital episodes were attributed to tobacco smoking.

"Australian Electoral Commission data shows that between 1998 & 2006 the Liberal Party has

received $697,065.00 from British American Tobacco and $337,340.00 from Philip Morris.

"The Liberal Party should donate the over $1 million dollars they’ve received from tobacco

companies to cancer research,” Senator Nettle said.

"There is growing public disquiet about the millions of dollars political parties receive to run

their election campaigns particularly tobacco companies.

"Today’s $1200 a head lunch hosted by Christopher Pyne excludes all but the top end of town

from gaining access to the Howard Government", Senator Nettle said.