High Court upholds plain packaging legislation

High Court upholds plain packaging legislation

The Federal Government is free to continue plans for the plain packaging of cigarettes in Australia from December, after the High Court has today rejected a challenge against the legislation.

 Big tobacco companies had launched the High Court action claiming the laws were unconstitutional, but the Court has ruled in favour of the government and ordered the tobacco companies to pay the full legal costs.

A lawyer for the Gillard government, Jonathon Liberman, says its the result they had been expecting, and its a win for health reforms world wide.

Some countries have threatened to take action against the legislation with the World Trade Organisation, but Mr Liberman says they’re likely to meet the same result.

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