british american tobacco australia - Media archive 2011



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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.

Download the media release in full PDF: 10Novembermediarelease  Opens in new window


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.

Download the media release in full  PDF: 14October_mediarelease  Opens in new window


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.

Download the media release in full  PDF: senate


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. 

Download the media release in full PDF: highcourt_mediarelease


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.

Download the media release in full PDF: illegal tobacco arrest media


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  PDF: illegal tobacco website media release Opens in new window


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 PDF: submission  Opens in new window


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 PDF: FOI appeal  Opens in new window


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. 

Download the media release in full  PDF: BAT Australia's campaign media release  Opens in new window

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.

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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.

Downoad the media release in full  PDF: FOI appeal press release  Opens in new window



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 PDF: BAT Australia's media statement  Opens in new window


31 March 2011 

British American Tobacco and the McCabe Estate, Roxanne Cowell and Jamie McCabe, have reached an agreement to resolve their respective claims by walking away. 

Download the media release in full  PDF: mccabe Opens in new window


10 March 2011 

British American Tobacco Australia today congratulated Customs and Border Protection on their hard work for seizing 2.5 million illegally imported counterfeit cigarettes in Brisbane. 
Unfortunately 2.5 million counterfeit cigarettes (equal to 2500 kg) is less than 1% of the total amount of illegal tobacco making its way into Australia each year.

Download our media release in full. PDF: Illegal tobacco seized  Opens in new window


1 March 2011 

A Deloitte report into illegal tobacco in Australia revealed taxpayers are losing out on almost $1.1 billion in excise revenue as the illegal tobacco market grows rapidly. The report estimated that 2.68 million kilograms of illegal tobacco products were sold in Australia during 2010, equivalent to 15.9% of the total legal tobacco market.   Organised crime gangs are now the fourth largest tobacco player in Australia. 

Download our news release and the Deloitte report in full.

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