Senator Xenophon to move:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that cheap cigarettes are currently being sold in Australia, reportedly as low as $13 for a packet of 25 cigarettes, following the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products; and
(b) calls on the Australian Government to:
(i) introduce a minimum floor price on cheap and/or cross-subsidised tobacco products to remove the cost differential,
(ii) recognise the value of preventative measures such as Quitline and the National Tobacco Campaign, and increase funding accordingly to maximise the effectiveness of these measures and campaigns, and
(iii) consider the financial burden being placed on retailers, particularly small business, as a result of plain packaging in respect of shop fit-out and higher insurance premiums, and whether this burden is consistent with the aims of plain packaging.
So not only has plain packaging lead to cheap cigarettes it is imposing financial burdens on small business too. At what point does the government ask whether this policy has achieved any benefit relative to the costs it is imposing.