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Focus: Sydney: Tobacco becomes a political banana skin

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6944.1590a (Published 18 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1590
  1. S Chapman

    Five days before the World Health Organisation's 1994 world “no tobacco” day, on 26 May, Mrs Bronwyn Bishop was appointed as the Australian Liberal/National party coalition's shadow minister for health. An hour later she made, with what one commentator called “exquisitely appalling timing,” her first public statement in her new role: “If a product is legal then it should be able to be advertised. It can be cigarettes today, it can be alcohol tomorrow, it can be Mars bars the day after and armchairs the day after that. The principle remains constant.” Hours later she dug herself into a deeper hole, adding, “I say to those people who believe [tobacco] is a dreadful product to make your case. They have not done so.”

    Before the day was over she had been admonished by her party leader and rushed to qualify her remarks …

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