2012 media releases

 

11 October 2012

Tougher illegal tobacco laws the right step

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) spokesperson Scott McIntyre welcomed the government’s tougher tobacco smuggling laws which passed through parliament today.

Download the media release in full Tougher illegal tobacco laws the right step 

5 October 2012

High Court finds government takes tobacco brands

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) said it was pleased the High Court had today found that its trademarks, patents, designs, copyrights and brands such as Winfield and Dunhill constitute property.

Download the media release in full High court reasons 

15 August 2012

Serious unintended consequences start 1 December 

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) spokesperson Scott McIntyre today said the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act (TPP) was a bad piece of law that would have serious unintended consequences.

Download the media release in full High Court ruling

3 May 2012

$1 billion in lost taxes could fill a big budget hole 

An annual report into the size of illegal tobacco problem found a significant shift in the black market with criminal gangs now smuggling three times the amount of counterfeit and contraband cigarettes into Australia than the previous year.

Download the media release in full Deloitte media release
Download the full illegal tobacco report Illegal tobacco report

16 April 2012 
High Court hearing commences  

The hearing for British American Tobacco’s (BAT) challenge against the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act (TPP) will begin tomorrow before the seven High Court Judges in Canberra.
Allan Myers QC will argue on behalf of BAT that the TPP legislation is unconstitutional due to the fact the Commonwealth is trying to acquire our valuable intellectual property without compensation
Download the media release in full High Court Hearing

14 February 2012
Focus on crime gangs not holidaymakers

British American Tobacco today responsed to to media speculation about the possible banning of the sale and import of duty-free tobacco products for incoming travellers into Australia, claiming it wouldn't deter smokers.
Download the media release in full Duty-free

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