The proposal was passed unanimously by the Upper House on Tuesday night.
As with Ireland’s smoking ban and Australia’s plain packaging law, the real motivation is for undistinguished politicians and lobbyists to make a name for themselves by being “exciting” and bullying a minority in the knowledge that their only financed opposition is a demonised industry.
Nowhere in this article is there any suggestion that grown adults—now or in the future—might have the right to buy and smoke tobacco if they want to. It’s a sort of “think of the children even when they are no longer children” argument, which is fitting since Australian politicians clearly see the whole population as children and themselves as—what other word can there be?—nannies.
We used to be a country which cared about things like “freedom” and “liberty” and “choice”. But that was a long, long time ago it seems…