For the fans of schadenfreude

For the fans of schadenfreude

We are very happy to report that a Brexit-ed Britain won’t submit to the EU nanny state. Our inbox is full of howling public heath groups, all a-twitter after learning that new PM Theresa May isn’t going to pander to their endless grant-seeking. We are almost as happy to report that sugar tax campaigner and general food busy-body Jamie Oliver is very, very unhappy about this turn of events. Jamie has kindly put together an infographic of all the ways in which Britain’s new obesity strategy ignores his desire to force his policy…

Tax: the politician’s drug of choice

Tax: the politician’s drug of choice

By James Penny It’s election time. So we can be guaranteed one thing, promises of spending. Well it seems the incumbent government has not had the intestinal fortitude to look to cut spending to solve the deficit, so we turn to the simple solution. Increase revenue. Although some may think that it is class warfare, the matter is simple. It is big government wanting to dictate how you live your life and wanting you to pay through the nose for ‘poor’ choices. It is simple, the prohibitionist state.

Revenge of the kids who never got invited to parties

Revenge of the kids who never got invited to parties

By Satyajeet Mareer Meet Bob. Like many teens, Bob once had dreams about going out and partying, enjoying great nights on the town and getting occasionally ‘sloshed’ with mates as well as enjoying the company of chicky babes.   Unfortunately, Bob grew into an uninspiringly bland individual with no particularly impressive qualities who was constantly overlooked by the ‘cool kids’ because he was no fun to be around. In time, Bob’s seething bitterness manifested itself into a sinister will to power – “if I can’t have fun no one can!”…

Government Bans Healthy and Safe Alternative: E-Cigarettes

Government Bans Healthy and Safe Alternative: E-Cigarettes

Katarina Perkovic outlines where the nanny state has shot it self in the leg, by banning safe and healthy smoking alternatives. Disregard science and let’s push research further down the priority list – whilst we’re at it, let’s just ban e-cigarettes all together before the market decides where its true place lies. E-cigarettes are the free market solution for those that want to quit smoking. A study in Nicotine and Tobacco Research has suggested that E-cigarettes could lead to a 21 percent drop in deaths from smoking related diseases in…

The Folly of Plain Packaging: Tim Andrews

The Folly of Plain Packaging: Tim Andrews

Cody Findlay discusses some of the points made in ATA Executive Director Tim Andrews’ speech on plain packaging: including its policy failures, contempt for free speech and for intellectual property rights. Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, recently made a conclusive speech about tobacco plain packaging; its policy failures and its total disregard for intellectual property rights.

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…