Plain packaging proposal passed in lower house
Aug 25, 2011
Australia's House of Representatives has passed federal government legislation requiring tobacco products to be sold in "plain" packs from July 1, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corp story.
The legislation requires cigarettes to be sold in olive green packs with large graphic health warnings but without trademarks.
The legislation will now go to the Senate for approval.
Both of Australia's major parties supported the bill in the House of Representatives, though several MPs from the main opposition Coalition party spoke out against it.
Liberal, Alex Hawke, told parliament he doubted the legislation would work.
"I've got news for the Minister for Health and the government – life kills people," he said. "It's a dangerous activity, life. There are no laws we can pass to prevent that."
National MP, George Christensen, labelled Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, the "fun police".
"It's as if there's this little Julia or Nicola in an olive green uniform there on your shoulder," he said.
"And when she's not telling you what to do, she's making a sneaky grab on your wallet."
Roxon told parliament the opposition was "shamed into backing the bill, but really opposed it with every fiber of their body".