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Labor’s tobacco excise plan: bad politics, bad policy

Smoking certainly has horrendous health and economic consequences, but Labor’s plan to tackle it through punitive taxation is misguided and mistaken, writes Terry Barnes. Tobacco smoking arguably is the greatest avoidable cause of death and illness of our time. TheAustralian Health Survey of 2013 reported that 16 per cent of Australians still smoke daily – more,according to the latest Newspoll, ... Read More »