Sheryle Moon sold out? Alliance of Australian Retailers (aka Cigarette Sprukers)

ps 4 August 2010 32

Well known Canberra business person Sheryle Moon has jumped the shark well and truly by being the mouthpiece for the Alliance of Australian Retailers – a respectable name for an unrespectable cause.

See the Lateline story online.

Congratulations Sheryle on helping to perpetuate cigarette smoking in the community and amongst our children.

Retailers are purportedly saying that they will go broke if they can’t sell cigarattes. Well we can’t have that, so why not let them sell whatever they need to to stay in business – drugs, guns – whatever it takes!

Sheryle – quit before you damage your reputation with this sullied lot!


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brumby54 brumby54 5:23 pm 15 Aug 10

so lets have a look at the shops complaints. it will go broke if it gets plain wrapping on cigarette packs. gee thats a worry. i mean how dare the politicians send the shops broke after all how would we be able to keep the doctors in work. after all we don’t mind paying extra taxes for smokers to get medical help for their addiction. oh and yes and how are adults going to train their kids on how to smoke so they too can end up on the operating table at an early age. and how dare a govt deprive a child a lung full of passive smoke.and the unwilling.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 12:35 pm 11 Aug 10

The Alliance is dying after only a week.

Good luck undoing the damage, Sheryle.

p1 p1 12:09 pm 05 Aug 10

But surely the smokers like this cause the packets will be cheaper to produce and the manufacturers will pass the cost on to the consumer?

dvaey dvaey 11:45 am 05 Aug 10

Felix the Cat said :

affordable said :

lets plain package beer wine and spirits as well

I see what you are getting at with that comment but alcohol consumed in small amounts isn’t harmful AFAIK whereas tobacco smoke is in any amount.

Funny, that goes against the whole ‘2 drinks and youre over the limit, and will crash and kill all your friends and your neighbours dog’ advertising campaigns weve been hearing. Either its harmful or its not.

54-11 54-11 10:26 am 05 Aug 10

Sheryle Moon has gone the same way as Meredith Hellicar did when she joined the James Hardie board.

It’s a shame when women with business talent sell out to the dark side, and then whinge like hell with the lack of female representation on boards.

Sheryle, get your life and values back on track.

justin heywood justin heywood 9:20 am 05 Aug 10

Labor supporters are on shaky ground here in criticizing the Libs for this.

Pokies, anyone?

Thumper Thumper 8:05 am 05 Aug 10

Of course Roxon is going to make sure McDonalds/ pizza hut/ Kingsleys/ hunger jacks/ etc now have plain wrapping, given you know, that obesity has overtaken smoking as the number one killer in the country.

I mean, surely she will?

Just a thought…

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 1:32 am 05 Aug 10

affordable said :

lets plain package beer wine and spirits as well

Cleanskins?

jakez jakez 10:41 pm 04 Aug 10

I heard part of the interview on the radio and she sounded a little embarrassed about where the money was coming from.

I have no idea why though. For decades the violent thugs and authoritarians in the so called ‘public health movement’ have run roughshod over individual freedom and property rights and it is about time that the unfairly maligned fight back.

I’m talking about:
– tobacco companies who bring valued goods to consumers in the face of absurd invective from nanny state lunatics
– tobacco shops and grocery stores, trying to make an honest living by making a suite of products available for purchase to people if they so choose
– the good smokers of this nation who merely want to enjoy fantastic tobacco products and who pay far more in excise than they cost to the public health system
– non smoking freedom lovers who respect the rights of all adults to smoke, though they choose not to.

Sign me up, I’ll donate time and money to this campaign and I haven’t bought a pack of cigarettes in my life!

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 9:16 pm 04 Aug 10

affordable said :

lets plain package beer wine and spirits as well

I see what you are getting at with that comment but alcohol consumed in small amounts isn’t harmful AFAIK whereas tobacco smoke is in any amount.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 8:03 pm 04 Aug 10

I’m less concerned about a group of industrial campaign donors taking a strange step like this than I am of massive numbers of people making below AEC threshold donations.
This kind of money is out in the open, so people can both see and follow it relatively easily.

The other kind, not so much.

grunge_hippy grunge_hippy 7:26 pm 04 Aug 10

ha. i used to look after her kids. I wondered what she was up to now. looks like she is still a workaholic.

affordable affordable 6:56 pm 04 Aug 10

lets plain package beer wine and spirits as well

Outta Control Outta Control 5:15 pm 04 Aug 10

Reprobate said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

It was over regulation by the nanny state that forced me to shut down my very successful heroin, stolen goods and surface to air missile business.

Which Cash Converters store was that CSRI?

Hmmm, so that’s why their Civic store closed a few years ago. I wonder where that young guy with the big pot belly who offered me $5.00 for a Harmon Kardan cassette deck which I later sold on eBay for $350.00 is now?

Reprobate Reprobate 2:16 pm 04 Aug 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

It was over regulation by the nanny state that forced me to shut down my very successful heroin, stolen goods and surface to air missile business.

Which Cash Converters store was that CSRI?

p1 p1 2:00 pm 04 Aug 10

Pommy bastard said :

The lie reason for them opposing the labour government on tobacco is that “Small retailers will be spending more time stacking shelves and making sales if plain packets for cigarettes are introduced.”

If they all look then same, then can’t they just jive the addict customer any old packet?

I love that it is socially acceptable to pick on smokers. 🙂

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 1:39 pm 04 Aug 10

The lie reason for them opposing the labour government on tobacco is that “Small retailers will be spending more time stacking shelves and making sales if plain packets for cigarettes are introduced.”

Which just goes to show their contempt for the Australian public’s intelligence.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 1:23 pm 04 Aug 10

philbyau said :

Does anyone actually know who the supposed Alliance’s members are?

They claim 19,000 individual members, but Philip Morris and British American Tobacco are named by AAP here.
Philip Morris have confirmed it themselves.

AAR only registered with ASIC just under a fortnightago and spent all of 6 days being known as Small Retailers Australia Pty Ltd before a name change.
They have no web presence, so I am having issues finding more than a whole lot of news coverage.
If I knew their physical presence I could probably find more for you, but I’m kind of busy.

Anyone have a spare $20-30 they want to spend on getting copies of their ASIC registrations?

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 1:04 pm 04 Aug 10

By the way, in the interests of not singling out BATA Ltd, here are Philip Morris’ returns.
At first glance Imperial Tobacco appears to be happy with letting the other two narrow government decisionmaking into the confines of supporting industrial profit growth support the electoral process.

But then you realise that the Alliance of Australian Retailers exists on the same tactic as Imperial Tobacco used in New Zealand, in creating and supporting the New Zealand based Association of Community Retailers.

Astroturf organisation lives off smell of an oily rag, hires a world-class PR firm somehow, world-class PR firm coincidentally has a client\staffing overlap with a major corporate interest (such as Big Tobacco).

New Zealand’s ACR officially receives no support from tobacco companies

However, they lied.
Quote from Imperial Tobacco NZ’s Sales & Marketing Director, Tony Meirs, to New Zealand’s Maori Affairs Select Committee when asked:
Lees-Galloway: Could you give us a little bit more detail about your relationship to the Association of Community Retailers?

Meirs: The issue here is that small retailers are concerned that some of the regulations being considered would damage the viability of their business. Retailers want to speak out to protect their livelihood, and we support retailers in that aim. So we have provided PR resource through Omeka Public Relations company to help small retailers develop the voice that they need to protect their business from unnecessary regulation.
For further quotes, look here.

For mine, if retailers are suddenly concerned that they’re going to go broke from not being able to sell tobacco covered in logos:
1) Retailers are already over-reliant on tobacco sales, this will encourage them to diversify; and
2) This sounds like effective public health policy, in that its achieving its stated outcome.
Downside: Addicts will still buy tobacco from wherever they can find it, probably from specialised tobacconists.

philbyau philbyau 12:43 pm 04 Aug 10

Does anyone actually know who the supposed Alliance’s members are? I heard Sheryle Moon refer to “our members” on the radio driving into work this morning, but not once have I seen reference to who the actual members are. The ‘alliance’ was only registered last week according to ASIC, there is no website to speak of and no apparent members register to confirm, so it just sounds like a front for the tobacco industry, rather than an actual bona fide lobby group who has received funding from the industry such as they are trying to claim… I’d like to see a journo ask for the name of a member and then try to contact that person to confirm their membership…

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