Civic Group

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

The Civic Group is the Melbourne area-based Australian public relations hired by Philip Morris to operate a front group called the Alliance of Australian Retailers organized to fight a plain cigarette packaging rule in that country. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, "the mastermind behind the campaign is Chris Argent, the director of corporate affairs at the tobacco giant Philip Morris."[1]

The Civic Group is a registered lobbyist in Australia. The owner of the company is Marco Gattino, and Llewellyn Rees is a Director[2]

The group is privately held, and has about 10 employees.[3]

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The Civic Group
Level 5, 379 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Phone: 03 9620 9300
Fax: 03 9620 9500


  1. Anne Davies Big Tobacco hired public relations firm to lobby government, Sydney Morning Herald, September 11, 2010
  2. Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Lobbyist Profile, July 16, 2010, accessed September 10, 2010
  3. LinkedIn The Civic Group - Profile, accessed September 10, 2010