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Australia fumes over tobacco packs

Australia's government is incandescent with anger over this cigarette pack. The British American Tobacco brand sold in Europe bears the image of the iconic kangaroo. Australia's attorney-general is fuming. SOUNDBITE: Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon saying (English): "Whilst it's probably unlikely we can do anything to stop these packs being sold in Europe we can certainly call on British American Tobacco, as the Australian public can, and to say get your hands of our icons, don't use them to sell your product which actually has nothing to do with Australia." The sparks are flying ahead of a legal showdown over new Australian laws which will force the sale of tobacco products in plain packaging like this. The new legislation, the first of its kind in the world, is due to come into force in December. Three major manufacturers have launched high court challenges, saying their trade mark rights would be infringed. Paul Chapman, Reuters

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