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Principles, not parties, will determine Senate outcomes

Crikey readers have their say on cigarette plain packaging, religion in schools and the new Senate.

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Smoking out the truth in the Oz‘s plain packaging war

You can cherry-pick the data to prove the case either way, but it seems The Australian’s war on plain packaging is self-defeating in the face of evidence.

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Media briefs: a certain scribe who smokes … bet on Jesus … Fairfax shares …

Up in the air, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … Jesus? Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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When in Rome, refrain from selling off state assets

Crikey readers have their say on asset sales, Malcolm Turnbull and tobacco plain packaging

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Crikey Clarifier: will Indonesia sink Australian plain packaging laws?

Indonesia has become the third country to challenge Australia’s plain packaging laws for cigarettes. Freelancer writer Sally Whyte talks to experts about the case — and who is likely to win.

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Anti-cigarette measures up in smoke

Crikey readers talk cigarettes, alcohol, conscription and whether climate change or tectonic activity is to blame for the Solomon Islands’ plight.

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Australians still smoke 21 billion cigarettes a year. Why?

A report has found the government’s campaign against the cigarette may have stalled. Smoking rates have levelled off after years of falling. Will the new, ugly plain packs have an effect?

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Bringing up princeling

Crikey readers talk plain packaging for cigarettes, Rudd’s PNG asylum seeker plan and our future king George.

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Up in smoke

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Lies, damned lies and the tobacco packaging debate

Premature declarations that plain packaging is helping stamp out cigarette smoking don’t help. Neither side of the debate is fully committed to intellectual rigour.

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Liz mum on plain packs in UK, thanks to Lynton

What happened to David Cameron’s pledge to use plain packaging to discourage smoking? Australian political operative Lynton Crosby happened, apparently.

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On ciggies and grog, Roxon’s public health legacy is plain

Australia’s plain packaging cigarettes initiative has played an essential role in revitalising global action on tobacco. It’s one of several reasons why Nicola Roxon’s public health legacy deserves to recognition, writes Mike Daube.

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Stubbed out: why Australia is alone on cigarette plain packs

A push to enact Australian-style laws on plain packaging for cigarettes in the European Union has been still-born. James Panichi, a freelance reporter based in Brussels, investigates why.

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Tips and rumours

Daring cigarette heist as new laws come into effect? … federal election ads begin … Abbott driving his truck to Oxford University …

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Experts respond to High Court’s plain packaging ruling

The High Court’s ruling on plain packaging of cigarettes has provoked an outpouring of public health air punching. Melissa Sweet captures the responses and analysis of health experts.

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The plain packaging of tobacco products

Crikey readers have their say.

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Medicines Australia: we support plain packaging of tobacco products

Responding to a Crikey story published this week, Dr Brendan Shaw clarifies Medicines Australia’s position on plain packaging cigarettes. The jury is very much in.

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Big pharma, big tobacco and the ALEC alliance

The American Legislative Exchange Council’s lobbying of the Australian government on the issue of plain packaging should come as no surprise to pharmaceutical companies, writes Marita Hefler.

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Big pharma, big tobacco and opposition to plain packs

In Australia the pharmaceutical industry stands to benefit from tens of millions of dollars of public money for smoking cessation medication through PBS subsidies. Marita Hefler reports.

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Cigarette health warnings: why will they be hidden away?

From July next year graphic health warnings will cover 75 percent of cigarette packages. So why will these warnings be by law hidden away from public view? asks Richard Farmer.

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Organised crime claims go up in smoke in plain packaging ciggies debate

There are claims that British American Tobacco misrepresented an investigation into connections between cigarette smuggling and organised crime to argue against the introduction of plain cigarette packaging in Australia, reports Craig Butt.

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Tobacco boss’s struggle with arithmetic

When it comes to counterfeit or duty not paid packs, how would they actually know?

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Plain packaging and the ‘counterfeit’ scare mongering

It’s just a bit rich for the tobacco industry’s allies to be talking about “quality control” and “regulatory oversight” of a product that kills in the order of 20,000 Australians a year, writes Bill King, a public health researcher.

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The legislative detail of plain packaging cigarettes

To find out what plain packaging of cigarettes will entail, you can read the detail in the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011, which has just been introduced to Parliament, reports Melissa Sweet.

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Bigger problems in the nanny state than cig packs

As a consumer society encourages the reality and perception of cultural disarray — from sexting to obesity — the state takes over control of life that would once have been the preserve of cultural norms or the individual conscience.

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