The government turning the screws on the cigarette companies with increased taxes and plain packaging takes me back to the three years in the mid-1990s in which I worked for a cigarette company in Brisbane. I began in early 1994 as a graduate.

Ordinarily, perhaps I may have been reluctant to work for a tobacco company, but Australia was then suffering from the effects of Keating’s recession we had to have, and so I was happy just to find work. And also, I was already a part-time smoker anyway, so I didn’t really have any philosophical objections. At least, I didn’t to begin with.