Big tobacco donates to party coffers

Big tobacco continues to donate to minor political parties in Australia.

An international tobacco giant has donated a total of $35,000 to the coffers of two Australian minor parties.

Australian Electoral Commission disclosure returns for 2016-17 released on Thursday show Philip Morris donated $20,000 to the Liberal Democratic Party and $15,000 to the National Party.

Labor banned tobacco donations in 2004 and the Liberals followed suit in 2013.

The donation to the National Party is up on the $10,780 the smoking giant gave in 2014-15.

The Liberal Democratic Party's website said the party is pro-choice when it comes to smoking.

It says the tobacco excise should be abolished and businesses and workers should have the right to choose if they want to operate in a smoky environment.

Smoking is the largest preventable cause of death in Australia with a tobacco-related death almost every 28 minutes.

Published 1 February 2018 at 9:44am
Source: AAP