Alliance of Australian Retailers

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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.

The Alliance of Australian Retailers is a Philip Morris-funded Australian front group operated by the Melbourne area-based public relations firm the Civic Group to defeat an Australian public health measure to require cigarettes be sold in plain packaging, without logos or colors, that feature only graphic health warnings. The mastermind behind the front group campaign, according to emails exposing the campaign that were delivered to the Sydney Morning Herald, is Chris Argent the director of Philip Morris Corporate Affairs. [1]


According to leaked documents, on the day the alliance was formed in August 2010 it received funding from:[2]

  • Imperial Tobacco Australia: $1,080,860.
  • British American Tobacco: $2,200,000.
  • Philip Morris: $2,161,720.

Philip Morris also paid The Civic Group $200,000 per month to help manage the alliance.

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  1. Anne Davies Big Tobacco hired public relations firm to lobby government, Sydney Morning Herald, September 11, 2010
  2. Leaks reveal Big Tobaccos $5M blitz, The Age (AAP), September 11, 2010