Greens urge Rudd to back Turnbull’s cigarette tax increase


Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today urged Prime Minister Rudd to support Malcolm Turnbull's call for an increase in cigarette taxes.

Senator Brown said the Greens would move in the Senate to have money saved from means testing the private health insurance rebate allocated to public health and hospitals.

"This $1.9 billion should go to saving lives rather than the budget bottom line," Senator Brown said.

"We will also be looking closely at the means testing of the private health rebate, and the consequent increase in Medicare levy surcharge - something that gives us some misgivings."