THE federal government must slash the tobacco excise to crack down on sales of blackmarket cigarettes, independent senator David Leyonhjelm says.First, one would have to be very suspicious about the precision with which that estimate has been reached.
AUSTRALIA'S major tobacco companies have released a report into illicit tobacco products which claims their share of consumption has increased from 13.5 per cent to 14.3 per cent in 12 months.
Second, Leyonhjelm goes on to show again that you don't have to be immature to be a libertarian, but it certainly doesn't hurt:
The trio called on the federal government to better resource law enforcement agencies to combat the problem - which they say is the equivalent of 156 million packets of 20 cigarettes a year.
But Senator Leyonhjelm says law enforcement isn't the answer. Instead, tobacco excise should be slashed. The government had created a "magnet" for organised criminals, he said.
"The best way to deal with them is not by law enforcement because all we end up with is more police running around in black pyjamas and guns and jumping out of helicopters," the libertarian senator said.Says the man who liked to stroke his guns....