My matter, for the Police Minister, is about the worsening problems in the illegal supply and sale of tobacco in Northern Victoria.

I won’t name it, for privacy reasons.  But, from one town in my electorate, in particular, I am regularly told the sale of illegal tobacco is going unchecked, and is accompanied by a lack of enthusiasm from local officers and officials to tackle it.

I therefore ask: what actions are currently being taken by the Government to improve legislation relating to the supply and sale of illicit tobacco and to ensure these laws are more actively enforced?

I would also appreciate clarification of where statistics are kept of annual illicit tobacco consumption in Victoria; and of the numbers of people charged with, and convicted of, offences associated with the trade of these products.