Soft drink sugar tax is a fizzer

Soft drink sugar tax is a fizzer

My kingdom for an iced mocha latte with a shot of cinnamon and pumpkin spice! The Greens – the party of big government and little logic – have announced that this election they’ll be serving up a 20% tax on sugary soft drinks. It looks an awful lot like they’re taking orders from celebrity busy-body Jamie Oliver, who was recently in Australia pushing his sugar tax. We wonder if di Natale can afford untaxed soft drink, given his struggles to pay his au pairs what he considers a fair wage….

A New Tax on the Poor

A New Tax on the Poor

The Greens’ leader, Richard Di Natale, has proposed another tax. This is hardly groundbreaking given the progressive party’s penchant for using taxes to conduct their brand of social engineering but this time the targets are Australia’s poorest people. The suggested 20% tax on all soft drinks and fruit juices would disproportionately hurt low income earners, who are the largest consumers of soft drinks and who cannot afford the freshly-squeezed, ‘no-added-sugar’ brands of fruit juice enjoyed by the wealthy. Regressive taxes, like the GST and the Greens’ proposed sugar tax, cost…

How fair is Fare? The Canberra Lockouts

How fair is Fare? The Canberra Lockouts

Henry Innis discovers who is behind the ‘popular support’ for Canberra’s lock out laws There’s a pretty interesting piece of research coming out of Canberra today — a poll showing most Canberra residents want 3am last drinks implemented.   At a glance, it’s fairly innocuous. A poll in a newspaper shouldn’t be a big deal. But the results are somewhat surprising. Why would most Canberrans want this to be the case?   When I studied history at Sydney University, one of the critical parts of your research was to identify…

The People’s Republic of WA

The People’s Republic of WA

From the State that brought you the Potato Marketing Corporation to control the types and quantities of potatoes produced comes the latest attempt to turn Western Australia into a Venezuelan themed paradise. The Director of Liquor Licensing has released its decisionregarding Aldi’s application to sell liquor in their Harrisdale Shopping Centre store. This decision comes on the heels of the approval given to the Woolworths owned BWS to open a store at the same shopping centre. The decision noted that it was neither “necessary nor desirable” to have more than…

Govt Urged To Take Children Away From Smoker Parents

Govt Urged To Take Children Away From Smoker Parents

In perhaps the most brazen proposal by the professional nanny state lobby to date, Professor John Banzhaf, founder of the US based lobby group “Action on Smoking & Health” and one of the most influential legal activists in this field, has called for parents to be denied access to their children if they are smokers. Addressing the North American Regional Conference of the International Society for Family Law, Banzhaf is reported as arguing: Attendees were told how to effectively raise the issue of parental smoking in custody proceedings, and how to either prohibit smoking…

Stop The $40 A Pack Tobacco Tax Hike!

Stop The $40 A Pack Tobacco Tax Hike!

Today’s budget revealed plans the Federal Government wants to implement FOUR MORE tax hikes on tobacco. Our tobacco tax is already one of the highest in the world, and if this goes ahead, it will mean an average smoker will pay a staggering $7,500 in tobacco taxes a year! This is a unjust, immoral tax grab  that will hit the poorest and most vulnerable in Australia hardest. The tobacco tax is the most regressive tax in Australia, and raising it to pay for more spending is simply wrong. Join our…

This loose unit has a hilarious message for Mike Baird

This loose unit has a hilarious message for Mike Baird

Facebook user Tim Wilson is locked out, waiting for his train, and distressed, and it’s funny af. No, not the former Freedom Commissioner/future member for Goldstein. Some dude with a phone and a call recording app. Tim’s called up the Premier’s electorate office in Manly and asked for some help dealing with the lockouts. “It’s just hit 1:30[am]. I’m in the Cross.. it’s a ghost town around here at the moment” “I’m trying to keep my buzz up. Do you know anyone around here who might be able to get…

Tasmania: Smoking age hike is smoke and mirrors

Tasmania: Smoking age hike is smoke and mirrors

MyChoice Australia has questioned the Tasmanian government’s proposal to raise the minimum legal smoking age to 21 or 25 years old. The submission, made in partnership with the Australia Taxpayers’ Alliance, expresses concerns that the only concrete policy change described in the draft is raising the smoking age. View our full submission here [PDF] The governments’ claim that the proposal will address “a number of lifestyle risk factors for chronic disease, including, but not limited to, smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, risky alcohol consumption and mental health” is undermined by its obvious focus…

Cheese: The New Drug?

Cheese: The New Drug?

Before you can “say cheese,” the latest study from Michigan will literally wipe the smile off your face. The substance that finishes a sandwich, completes a cake and is very much a meal on its own has become the next target of the nanny state scaremongers aka “health professionals.” Apparently it has been declared that an enjoyment of cheese is equivalent to an addiction on crack. They found that pizza was the most “addictive” of foods and “it has everything to do with the cheese.” It is a pathetic down spiral…

Ireland: Graphic Health Warnings & Plain Packaging for Alcohol?

Ireland: Graphic Health Warnings & Plain Packaging for Alcohol?

The slippery slope of the nanny state continues apace the Irish Government looks at bringing in graphic health warnings for alcohol: The information below is from the Joint Committee on Health and Children from the Irish Parliament which recommends on page 12 section 2 the following:   “Alcohol labelling should be treated in a similar fashion to tobacco legislation, to include the following: Clear health warnings to be included on alcohol products, indicating that alcohol causes disease; the Minister should also consider ensuring that warnings be given prominence with an…