In recent times, public health advocates have been taking to the newspaper columns and our TV screens to argue the case for the plain packaging of cigarettes legisation.
Now some of the troubadors of public health have taken to YouTube to lend their support to the legislation, and the Health Minister Nicola Roxon, whom they serenade below as a “hero of public health”.
On a more serious note, Ross Gittins asks in The Age:
Q: What do the big foreign-owned mining companies have in common with the big foreign-owned purveyors of cancer sticks?
A: A lot of money to con punters and pressure pollies, and a lot of weak arguments.
Appearing in this clip from the Faux Pas are (L to R):
Paul Grogan, Suzanne Plater, Trish Kirby and Simon Chapman.
The Leader of the Pack
[spoken intro] Is she really gonna do it?
Trish: Well there she is — Let’s ask her.
Nicola, is that a plain packet you’re holding?
Trish: Gee, it must be great making health history
Let’s see, is it brand names only?
Trish: By the way, love the health warnings.
[singing starts] We saw her on our TV screens
The smartest health-minister we’d ever seen
That’s why we fell for …
The Leader of the Pack!
Verse 1: David Crow* was always putting her down (down, down)
He said no evidence could be found (he said no evidence could be found)
But she knew that smoke was bad
And that the packet was just an ad
That’s why she became – the leader of the pack.
Verse 2: One day the PM said “Find something new”
Her Task Force said “this’ll make em spew” (Her Task Force said-that-they-would-spew)
She stood there at the parliament door
And said “It ain’t been done before”
So I’m gonna be – the leader of the pack.
[Simon, spoken:] She sort of smiled and launched the packs
Crowie’s tears were beginning to show
As he walked away from his unforgettable press conference
Journalists begged him to keep the comedy coming
But whether he heard, we’ll never know
(Look out! Look out! Look out! Look out!)
Verse 3: She felt so threatened, what could she do? (do, do, do)
When big tobacco said we’ll sue
But now the public all stop and stare
‘Cause Nicola — had the guts to care
We’ll never forget her — the leader of the pack
The leader of the pack – the medals winner ..
The leader of the pack – Philip Morris’ ruined dinner!
The leader of the pack – BAT heading for zero!
The leader of the pack – public-health-hero!
Update: and for more background info…