Knight to challenge prison tobacco tax

Mass murderer Julian Knight has been given court approval to fight for cheaper cigarettes in prison.

Julian Knight applied to the Supreme Court to launch a legal challenge against a prison tobacco levy.

He is arguing the levy, which adds 10 per cent or more to the wholesale price of cigarettes, is unlawful.

The court heard the Department of Justice introduced the levy in 1993 to raise funds for health initiatives and anti-smoking programs, but there is no retail margin on tobacco sold in jails.

Knight is currently serving a minimum of 27 years jail for killing seven people and injurying 19 other in the Hoddle Street massacre in 1987.

As a vexatious litigant, he requires court approval to take any legal action.

Associate Justice Melissa Davy has ruled his case has merit.

It will return to court next year.

By Sarah Farnsworth

abc.net.au

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