2011 media releases

 

10 November 2011
Plain packaging now heads to High Court

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) confirmed it will commence proceedings in the High Court against the Federal Government immediately after plain packaging gains Royal Assent, if the legislation passes through the Senate today.

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14 October 2011
No Senate vote means no legal cigarettes next year

BATA warned there could be no legal tobacco on retailer shelves from 1 July 2012.

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12 September 2011
Senate should stop bad law

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) will tomorrow front a Senate inquiry into a key part of Minister Roxon’s plain packaging laws.

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5 September 2011
BAT Australia heads to High Court over plain packs

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) confirmed that if plain packaging passes through the Senate and becomes law then Australia’s highest selling cigarette manufacturer will head straight to the High Court to challenge the Federal Government on the legislation. 

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1 September 2011
BAT Australia welcomes arrests

NSW Police, Australian Federal Police, Australian Customs and Operation Polaris seize 60 tonnes of illegal “chop chop” tobacco and 25 million counterfeit cigarettes.

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23 August 2011
MPs must see the Federal Government’s secret legal advice

With debate on the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill and contentious Trademarks Bill expected in Parliament tomorrow, it’s critical every MP who will have to vote on moving the Bills into the Senate see the advice on the legality and constitutionality of plain packaging.

“The Federal Government had continually declined to release their legal advice through the Freedom of Information (FOI) process and BATA suspects that is because it’s likely to demonstrate their plain packaging laws are flawed,” said BAT Australia's spokesperson, Scott McIntyre.

Download the media release in full   PDF: FOI_August_2011


23 June 2011
Sydney number one hot spot for illegal tobacco


"It’s alarming to see tens of thousands of kilograms of illegal tobacco sold in Sydney. Of 150 electorates in Australia, it’s the worst." said David Crow in BAT Australia's recent media release. Download the media release in full  


 

8 June 2011

Submission articulates objections to plain packaging

British American Tobacco Australia makes its submission to the Department of Health and Ageing as part of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011 consultation process. Download the submission in full


 

31 May 2011

Full Federal Court hearing set for secret plain pack advice

British American Tobacco Australia is pleased a Full Federal Court of Australia will hear it’s appeal against the Federal Government’s repeated refusal to make public its legal advice on plain packaging.  BAT Australia suspects that Minister Roxon hasn’t released the legal advice because it’s likely to demonstrate her plain packaging laws are flawed.Download the media release in full


17 May 2011 

Campaign questions expensive plain packaging experiment

British American Tobacco Australia CEO, David Crow today launched a national media campaign which questions the Federal Government’s proposed plain packaging legislation while also releasing a series of confidential government documents to support the company’s view. 

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Visit www.plainpack.com to read about BAT Australia's views on plain packaging and watch British American Tobacco Australia CEO, David Crow discuss the unintended consequences.

twitter iconFollow Louise Warburton, Scott McIntyre and David Crow on twitter to receive real time updates on British American Tobacco Australia's response to the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011.


28 April 2011 

British American Tobacco Australia has been forced to lodge an appeal in the Federal Court of Australia after the Federal Government repeatedly refused to release a key document through the Freedom of Information (FOI) process.

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7 April 2011 

British American Tobacco Australia said it was disappointed the Government has pushed ahead with plain packaging despite the risk it would end up costing taxpayers billions even though there was no proof it would work. Download the media release in full


2010 media and views

29 April 2010 

The Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon has just confirmed speculation that there will be an increase in tobacco excise of 25 per cent effective as at 12:01am (Friday 30 April 2010). Read our news release.
 
Tobacco excise increase news release (100 kb)

24 April 2010

Allegations that British American Tobacco Australia use social media as a way of subversive advertising was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday, 24 April. Read our official statement. 
 
   Social media statement (81 kb)


March 2010

British American Tobacco Australia supports new regulations regarding the manufacture of reduced fire risk (RFR) cigarettes and the end goal of reducing fires, but warns that no cigarette is safe. Read more in our news release below. 


Reduced fire risk news release (23 kb)


February 2010

A new report by PwC, Illegal tobacco: counting the cost of Australia’s black market,shows Australia’s illegal tobacco market continues to grow, with more than 12 per cent of all tobacco consumed illegal and costing the Federal Government more than $600 million per year in lost revenue. Read our response to the release of the PwC Report.

PwC press release (141 kb)

Illegal Tobacco Report - British American Tobacco Australia - 2010 (306 kb)

2009 

January 2009

Tobacco Control in Australia : Making Smoking History (684 kb)

February 2009

British American Tobacco Australia donates $250,000 to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund and will match employee contributions dollar for dollar (269 kb)

A staggering $303,686 donated to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund (82 kb)

May 2009

Our submission on tobacco-related aspects of the Federal Government's Preventative Health taskforce consultation papers (337 kb)

Our response to cigarette taxes (337 kb)

Increasing cigarette taxes (337 kb)

September 2009

View British American Tobacco Australia's response to the release of the Public Health Taskforce report (45 kb)

Tobacco Control in Australia : Making Smoking History (684 kb)

 

 2007 Media and views

August 2007

Pricewaterhouse Coopers illegal tobacco report media release (127 kb)

September 2007

Internet marketing allegations media release (111 kb)


2006 Media and views

Brambles Australia Ltd vs British American Tobacco Australia Services Ltd (BATAS) (23 kb)

Tobacco Growers vote to move forward (27 kb)

Clarification on today's Daily Telegraph Story about Dunhill Pack (27 kb)

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