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…




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…




Plain Packaging: A threat to the intellectual property rights system

Plain Packaging: A threat to the intellectual property rights system




MyChoice Australia recently put together a report for the International Property Rights Index on the impact of plain packaging in Australia. You can read the entire report HERE, but here is the conclusion, and a sharp warning to other industry groups: It is clear that plain packaging has failed to achieve its intended outcomes, with incidence of smoking reversing its long term decline, particularly amongst women and children. Plain packaging grossly misunderstands the role of branding: while it relevant to differentiating between competing brands, it has minimal impact on smoking…




Plain Packaging Two Years On – The Evidence Is In

Plain Packaging Two Years On – The Evidence Is In




Click here to download a summary one page fact sheet as a PDF Two years have passed since the Australian Government pushed through plain packaging legislation, ignoring repeated warnings that it would do nothing to reduce smoking rates (and might even increase them) while giving carte-blanche to tobacco smugglers (many of whom fund terrorist organisations) to operate in Australia with impunity. Given the embarrassment that this policy is causing Australia, with 100 business groups from around the world condemning the policy earlier this week, and a recent major legal loss…




MyChoice Joins International Coalition Against Lifestyle Tax Hikes

MyChoice Joins International Coalition Against Lifestyle Tax Hikes




MyChoice Australia  is proud to be part of an international coalition of 22 organisations to combat new international taxes. A movement to increase lifestyle taxes is very concerning to us: not only do lifestyle taxes hurt the poor most, but these are deeply immoral and controlling attempts by governments to erode our right to “nudge” the behaviour of citizens away from what they evidently want to do. The letter notes: There have been attempts by the EU and by the World Health Organization (WHO) to establish uniform excise taxes on products…




Nanny Statists Force WA Opera To Cancels Bizet’s Carmen

Nanny Statists Force WA Opera To Cancels Bizet’s Carmen




The multi-million dollar nanny state  industry has just scored its latest victory! This time, they have been able to take down the evil scourge that is … opera! That’s right, no longer content with gouging Australians with the highest tobacco taxes in the world and calling for food rationing taxpayer funded nanny statists have now decided to take on Opera, forcing a cancellation of the Bizet’s classic Carmen. WA Today reports that: A sponsorship agreement between WA Opera and Healthway has seen plans scrapped to perform a show where the…




Media Release: Senator Speaks Sense on Smoking!

Media Release: Senator Speaks Sense on Smoking!




MEDIA RELEASE Senator Speaks Sense On Smoking Click HERE for this media release in pdf format Click HERE for  a copy of Senator Leyonhjelm’s Speech Taxpayer advocates today praised Senator David Leyonhjelm (Liberal Democratic Party) for revealing the inconvenient truth about tobacco taxes and for bravely saying “thank you for smoking.” Senator Leyonhjelm today debunked the myth that smokers are a drain on the public health system, illuminating a yearly tobacco tax haul nearly 17 times larger than the cost of smoking-related illness and fires combined. “Australia has as many smokers as…