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23 mei 2020 om 21:20 #58440
Retailers label tobacco licence fee hike reasonable, says Abbott
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the Government’s $600 million tobacco excise hike has been justified because it has put the brakes on price rises.
The excise increased by $300 from 1 July.
And it will cost $500 for individuals but that will go up to $700 for the same age as a tobacco product when they get their permit for an excise free life with an annual fee.
That will not go up with age, the new penalty on non-compliance and the elimination of the exemption for products sold in other countries.
“What we have done is ensure that every single consumer in Australia has the same incentive in this matter,” Mr Abbott said.
“But you can take that additional money from some of the greatest smokers in Australia and give it back to smokers.”
The Health Minister Sussan Ley told ABC Radio it was “absolutely reasonable” to increase tobacco excise because there was more money for health services and to provide greater access to high-quality nicotine products.
“Some people choose to continue smoking. This will not increase the need for them to be able to afford cigarettes. It’s just ensuring that when smokers go to the doctor, they are told the cost of quitting smoking,” she said.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says the proposal is unnecessary.
“Tony Abbott’s idea of a big tobacco tax, the one that he wants to do, it’s simply not on track,” he said.
“This has been proven over and over again… That a price on cigarettes makes it much harder for smokers to get to the best high-quality tobacco available.
“This is the price-fixing policy of last resort of the tobacco industry, which is to try and save money while it makes other things go quicker.
“It does that, it makes other problems that much worse.”
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Tobacco packaging” should become a thing of the past.
“I’m not going to be responsible for the design of your cigarettes, but you will be more responsible for choosing how and when you smoke them,” she said. “We’re trying to create a modern industry, and this is not going to change it.”
The proposal also would prohibit vending machines or other electronic smoking devices from selling any product on the premises from outside the building.
The ordinance, which needs two more votes before going into effect on Jan. 1, would ban public smoking on buildings of 300 to 499 square feet or below, within sight of schools, universities and public parks.
“What this ordinance is about is changing the culture of tobacco use,” said City Clerk Debra Schatz, noting that while there are public health concerns over e-cigarettes, the devices also carry a risk of spreading the virus of tobacco smoke.
The council has been mulling the proposal in the shadows, with only some support and a few critics in attendance for the public hearings.
A group of the council’s more progressive members have expressed concerns about how the ordinance might impact the city’s tourism industry. They also want to see a citywide pilot program for vaping products in the city.
City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant (D-Ward 2), who chairs the committee of the progressive caucus, noted the city and community leaders were more than willing to make recommendations, but it would be up to individual city departments to make sure that the ordinance went through.
Schatz said she believes it’s important for the council to be transparent about the process it’s putting forward and said it’s important to keep in mind that any proposals require input from the council as well as the public.
“I think there’s a lot more awareness about what we can do. There’s some folks out there with great ideas,” said Sawant, who also is a member of the Democratic Alliance for Change. “The challenge is that the city council needs to be prepared to take public input and make the best decision.”
After listening to public comments for more than 30 minutes Friday, Sawant said her office will be reviewing them and taking public comments on the proposal through the next two weeks. The council will make a recommendation to the full council by September.
At Tuesday’s hearings, people were asked if the measure will affect them at all when they travel to a shopping center or other large venue. Of the people who attended, nearly 70 percent were on hand to comment, while just 30 percent said they would use their own vehicle to get to the meeting.
As with any proposal, some would say that the measure is a good idea because there will be fewer potential smokers.9 augustus 2020 om 11:56 #362457