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A federal Liberal backbencher has queried whether his party should accept donations from tobacco companies.

West Australian MP Dennis Jensen told reporters an “implied conflict of interest” for governments making health policy relating to tobacco was a problem.

The federal government has criticised the opposition for accepting donations from British American Tobacco, worth $170,000 in 2010.

Labor, which is pushing ahead with the plain packaging of cigarettes, banned donations from tobacco companies in 2004.

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