Nicola Roxon, Attorney-General of Australia: "Why Are Plain Packs Making Big Tobacco So Angry? Australia's World Leading Work to Combat Smoking"
May 9, 2012 —
Nicola Roxon, Attorney-General of Australia:
"Why Are Plain Packs Making Big Tobacco So Angry? Australia's World Leading Work to Combat Smoking"
Thursday, May 17, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Georgetown University Law Center
Hotung Building, Room 2000
550 First Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Beginning in December 2012, Australian law will require that tobacco products be sold in plain packaging. The law reduces branding on product packaging to the display of brand and variant names in standardized font styles and sizes, with the remainder of a pack's surface to be taken up by health warnings and a plain background. Tobacco companies have challenged the law under the Australian constitution and under a bilateral investment treaty. Claims have also been initiated at the World Trade Organization.
Attorney-General Roxon will discuss the law, its implications and Australia's efforts to combat smoking.
In 2011, Roxon was appointed Australia's first female Attorney-General; in March 2012, she took on the additional responsibility of Minister for Emergency Management. She has been a member of Federal Parliament since 1998, representing the western suburbs seat of Gellibrand in Melbourne. As the Minister for Health and Ageing from 2007 to 2011, she undertook major reforms to Australia's public hospital, primary care and preventative health systems. She was awarded the World Health Organization Director-General's Special Recognition Certificate for her accomplishments in tobacco control in 2011.
Georgetown Law Professor Lawrence O. Gostin, faculty director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, will deliver opening remarks. Roxon will be introduced by Kim Beazley, Australian Ambassador to the United States.
This event is sponsored by the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Embassy of Australia and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.