Neaton backs Bill Shorten's cigarette tax
LABOR candidate Leisa Neaton is backing Bill Shorten's tax reform policy targeting cigarettes.
The Labor party's major tax reform policy, which was confirmed and revealed to caucus on Tuesday, will focus on a $47 billion tax grab by taxing smokers an extra $10 a pack by gradually increasing the tobacco excise each year from July 2017 to 2020.
With 2.5 million daily smokers in Australia and a $300 billion 10-year estimate for heath and economic costs related to smoking, both Mr Shorten and Ms Neaton have had a mixed reception to the policy.
"My father actually died of emphysema caused by 50 years of smoking, so it is a very personal issue because I spent the last five days of my Dad's life by his side as he coughed up 50 years of horrible stuff," Ms Neaton said.
"It is an extra cost on existing smokers but my hope would be that they reconsider their need to smoke…and try to reduce their habit as much as they can."