Indonesia go to WTO to claim “intellectual property” trumps Australian public health laws on standardised packaging

Tuesday, 29 April 2014  at 11:30

While we await draft regulations on standardised packaging for tobacco products in this country, it is interesting to see the industry and their interests still battling against Australia’s world-leading decision to introduce them in December 2012.

Indonesia is the fifth country to claim that Australia’s decision to act to protect the health of their citizens is in breach of the rules of global commerce.

In coverage in Australia today, Tanya Plibersek, the deputy leader of the Labor party who brought in Standard Packs while in Government, is confident their laws will withstand the challenge. 

She told Sky News that: “[Indonesia’s] issue might be one of intellectual property and we’ve had plenty of legal advice to say we’re on strong grounds here.”

She added: “This is an important measure for people’s health and I’m proud of it.”
* This number reflects the total amount of people who have signed up to support the plain packaging of tobacco products, via the Plain Packs Protect Partnership (logos below), British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK websites.
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