Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Cigarette Plain Packs Will Keep Lawyers Busy for Years

Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
19 February 2013

Cigarette Plain Packs Will Keep Lawyers Busy for Years

New Zealand First is asking why the Government is introducing plain packaging of tobacco products while it is negotiating the deeply-flawed Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Rt Hon Winston Peters says giving the green light now to cigarette plain packaging will lead to expensive law suits from mainly US-owned companies as the Government negotiates away our sovereignty.

“The Government should tell us what is going on in the TPP negotiations.

“Like so much this Government touches, all of this just doesn’t make any sense.

“But following the Government’s defective logic, why don’t they introduce plain packaging on alcohol to tackle the massive social and criminal harm it inflicts on society?

“All plain packaging of cigarettes will achieve is the creation of the inevitable lawsuits which will cost New Zealand taxpayers millions of dollars.

“That is exactly what Australian taxpayers are facing after plain packaging of cigarettes was introduced across the Tasman on December 1 last year,” says Mr Peters.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news