Smokers’ push for rights likened to Monty Python

Smokers’ Rights Party convenor Clinton Mead said the party was hoping to sign the 500 members it would need to contest the 2013 federal election.

“Smokers comprise around 20% of the Australian voting public,” Mr Mead said.

“With a little more than 10% of the vote we can outpoll The Greens.”

The party will push for an end to plain-packs legislation, let shopkeepers decide how to display tobacco products and allow club and pub managers to decide whether smoking is permitted on their properties.