THE Tasmanian Liberals will no longer accept donations from tobacco companies, after being instructed not to by Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.
The party's Tasmanian division confirmed yesterday it would abide by Mr Abbott's decision, despite being the the only party to oppose state- based legislation to ban donations from tobacco companies last year.
"Our consistent position has been that it should be up to individual political parties to decide whether to accept donations from legal companies, and it should not be subject to arbitrary legal bans," state director Sam McQuestin said in a brief statement.
The legislation was ultimately rejected by the Legislative Council, allowing the party to continue to receive money from cigarette companies.
British Tobacco and Philip Morris donated $38,000 to the Tasmanian Liberal Party in 2010-11, but did not contribute the following year.
Details of donations received last financial year are not released by the Australian Electoral Commission until February next year.
Tasmanian Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne called on Liberal leader Will Hodgman to declare how much money had been received since 2010-11 and hand it back.
Ms O'Byrne said Mr Abbott had finally seen sense.
"Will Hodgman lacked the leadership to make this decision on his own," Ms O'Byrne said.
Mr Hodgman's office referred questions to the party headquarters. Mr McQuestin did not return calls.