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Greiner does a Thatcher

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7039.1120b (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1120
  1. Simon Chapman

    WD and HO Wills, British American Tobacco's Australian subsidiary, recently announced the appointment of Mr Nick Greiner as chairman of its board. Greiner was Liberal premier of New South Wales in 1988-92 and resigned from politics after being criticised by a body of his own creation, the Independent Commission against Corruption, after allegations that he had acted inappropriately in assisting a rebel member of his party to leave politics.

    Greiner's rush to embrace the tobacco industry—like that of Margaret Thatcher, who took up work as a consultant for Philip Morris after leaving politics—comes as little surprise. As premier he regularly railed against tobacco control (“The range of things that has been done around Australia … may be philosophically repugnant in terms of the impact on the rights of individuals”).

    Wills has just …

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