Guest post: Bill Leak – call to arms

As some of you may know, Bill has been hand making cigarette packet covers (‘Slip-Ons’) since the Nanny State introduced plain packaging. He has now had them professionally produced and this is a ‘Call to Arms’ to help market them. Head on over to this page; print out one of the adverts and pop it up in your local (ask permission first of course). Please also share this site on social media and if you’re a smoker or know a smoker (it’s Xmas soon!) then order some of these wonderful packs, designed by Bill himself, and give the Nanny State a swift kick to the nuts.

Many thanks.

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21 Responses to Guest post: Bill Leak – call to arms

  1. Rafe Champion

    Comments working. Excess hyphens eliminated from title.

  2. duncanm

    Didn’t he already go through a round of legal troubles with these?

    I seem to recall the nanny state tried to shut him down on these previously.

  3. C.L.

    Great idea, Bill!
    I predict that some asshole in the government (probably a Liberal) will try to ban the slip-ons.
    So get yours now!

  4. Roger

    Bill Leak for Australian of the Year!

  5. C.L.

    This from 2012:

    Nanny state snuffs out Bill Leak’s cover.

    FOR cartoonist Bill Leak, the nanny state is real. It has just snuffed out his attempt to launch a new business aimed at poking fun at the government.

    Leak had been planning to sell cardboard covers for packets of cigarettes that would have obscured and ridiculed the graphic images of gangrenous legs and cancerous mouths that have been mandated by federal legislation…

    He made contact with manufacturers and developed the outlines of a business plan. But after he took advice from a Sydney silk about the impact of the government’s plain packaging laws, the project was dead.

    The risk of being dragged through the courts was too great…

    As a result, Australians will never be able to slide real cigarette packs inside a Leak cover bearing any of his bogus brand names, including Honeymoon: Post-Coital Cigarettes; Tree Huggers: Vegetarian Cigarettes; Man Up: Smokes for Blokes; Ripped: Fitness Cigarettes; and Fatales: Diet Cigarettes – 99 per cent fat free (“with a sexy sheila on the pack”).

    He had even been toying with the idea of adding one more: Roxon’s Nicolatinas, in honour of the then federal health minister and current Attorney-General, who has been the force behind the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act.

    Yesterday, Ms Roxon was in no mood for laughter.

    “The government doesn’t apologise for plain packaging of tobacco,” she said. “Smoking kills, and plain packing of tobacco is designed to stop new smokers, who are often the youngest and most vulnerable Australians, from starting this deadly habit.

    “Everyone likes a laugh, but when so many people die from smoking, it doesn’t seem so funny anymore.”

  6. Nic

    Ugh. Freedom means the right to wear my burkha where I please, to demand same sex swimming, libraries, buses, etc, so that evil men don’t stare at me, not spending time on things white bogans like such as free speech, smoking, drinking and gambling/ sarc.

  7. Beertruk

    Yesterday, Ms Roxon was in no mood for laughter.

    There you go. The Nanny State deciding what is funny or not funny for all of us.

  8. MareeS

    My daughter smokes rollies, chopchop, illegally sourced but easily obtained, no tax. She works in high-end managenent, so can’t be seen as a smoker for PC reasons.

    I bought for her last Christmas an art deco silver engraved cigarette case and roller, , 1930s, worth heaps but very stylish. Am now looking out for an Art Deco cigarette holder.

    I am not a smoker, but If you are going to have a vice, it should be stylish.

    What a pity Killary’s vices are so tawdry.

  9. C.L.
    #2192361, posted on November 4, 2016 at 11:28 am
    This from 2012:
    Nanny state snuffs out Bill Leak’s cover.

    AFAIK that was because the planned legislation that Poxon wanted stipulated that you couldn’t remove the cigs from the packet and put them in another packet or a cigarette case but those clauses were dropped. In any case, the covers go over the box so technically they are still in the packet.
    Got myself a whole set to hand out to anti-Nanny Staters mates and I’m pretty sure the landlord of my local is one of us (always whingeing about regulations and da Grubbermunt) so I’m going to get that poster stuck up tonight in the smoking area.
    Bill puts a smile on my face every morning, except Tuesdays, it’s the least I can do for him.

  10. Bruce of Newcastle

    An advantage of cigarettes is they don’t explode in your trousers*.

    Video captures moment e-cigarette explodes in man’s pocket

    So maybe Bill can do some sleeves for e-cigs too. Flame resistant ones.

    * Ok ok, it was his jacket not his duds, so sue me.

  11. Baldrick

    I’d like Bill to design one that says, ‘Fuck off, it’s my life!’

  12. Lola666

    or you can listen to the good prof


  13. C.L.

    Yesterday, Ms Roxon was in no mood for laughter.

    The face of Nanny State.

  14. Rabz

    Yesterday, Ms Roxon was in no mood for laughter.

    Tiresome sanctimonious totalitarian wowsers never are.

    Nanny Roxon and her plain packaged autos.

  15. struth

    “The government doesn’t apologise for plain packaging of tobacco,” she said. “Smoking kills, and plain packing of tobacco is designed to stop new smokers, who are often the youngest and most vulnerable Australians, from starting this deadly habit.

    Looking at statistics, socialist governments kill millions of their own.
    Socialist governments can be proven( more easily than linking smoking with cancer), by just a quick glance at history, to be utterly deadly.
    If Roxon won’t ban socialism, she has no right to ban anything else.

    Roxon is a sick, power hunger, little dictator, and her lack of reasoned logic, puts her in the “extremely dangerous socialist” category.
    Deadly.
    She should ban herself, using her own logic.
    Her and her likeminded filth are the real killers.

  16. struth

    I do believe that the term “Nanny state” is actually too kind.
    We do ourselves a disservice for not calling this totalitarian Marxism what it is.
    The same goes with “political correct”
    Who’s politics?
    The “nanny state” and “political correct” are nowhere near truthful enough, and give a soft , fuzzy sound to what is totalitarian Marxist control.
    Nothing less.

  17. Up The Workers!

    Ricola Noxious: “Labor is a Wealth Hazard!”

    (Unless you are a Member of Caucus).

  18. thefrollickingmole

    I wonder if Niccola has stopped washing her hair in old chip fat yet?

  19. Beertruk

    Soooo… :
    smoking – bad
    coalfired powerstations – bad
    windmills – good
    solar panels – good
    injection rooms – good
    alcohol restrictions – good.
    late term abortions – good
    legalise recreational drugs – good
    cartoon censorship – good
    permanent offence – good
    permanent outrage – good
    men are responsible for all domestic violence – good

    …the list goes on.

  20. Boambee John

    Heard Roxon on Alan Jones about that time.

    Every time she bleated about the health risks, Jones said “If you believe that, minister, then ban smoking”.

    She ignored him each of the several times he made the statement. She would not admit that the government desperately needs the tobacco excise money, and the law was simple virtue signalling, nothing more.

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