Tobacco smugglers are ‘patriots’: Australian senator

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From: SBS News

Liberal Democrats senator has railed against the government’s crackdown on illegal tobacco, describing smugglers as patriots.

A crossbench senator has lavished praise on illegal tobacco smugglers, calling the criminals “patriots” and rejecting a crackdown on chop chop dealers.


Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm said people dealing the tobacco, known as chop chop, were simply avoiding unreasonable taxes.

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