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…




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….




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…




WHO intimidates bloggers as experts back vaping

WHO intimidates bloggers as experts back vaping




  Back in April, minutes of a November 2013 World Heath Organisation meeting were leaked to the press, showing the WHO’s hand. They’re dealing with preference over evidence as they actively pursue the classification of e-cigarettes – which differ from normal cigarettes by not being cigarettes – as cigarettes. The minutes, which you could not possibly find in the links at the end of this article and I would not advise you to follow those links to look for them, show bureaucrats referring to smokeless tobacco products and tobacco harm…




This week in plain packaging: Worst. Policy. Ever. [UPDATE]

This week in plain packaging: Worst. Policy. Ever. [UPDATE]




  The Australian has been tough on plain packaging since the white (olive green? ugly olive? sorry, drab brown) elephant stomped onto the scene, but this week The Oz has gone into overdrive since revealing the policy has reversed a decades-long decline in (legal) tobacco consumption, driving it up by an extra 59 million cigarettes in 2013. [Source: The Australian. Click image for link.] The usual velveteen-tyranny leftists have been tying themselves in knots to unravel the truth, throwing wild accusations of allegiances to or data-charming by Big Tobacco, the…




Joint Media Release: Abbott Right to Trim the Public Health Fat

Joint Media Release: Abbott Right to Trim the Public Health Fat




The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance & MyChoice Australia applaud tonight’s Federal Budget announcement that the Australian National Preventative Health Agency will be abolished. A bill to cut ANPHA will be introduced into parliament this week, as part of the abolition of 70 federal government agencies. “MyChoice Australia has consistently lobbied for the abolition of the Australian National Preventative Health Agency” said Lara Jeffery, Director of MyChoice Australia. “We applaud the Abbott government meeting their election commitments to fight the nanny state and slim bloated bureaucracies” “ANPHA was an uninspired tax sinkhole…




Barry resigns – but what about his lockouts?

Barry resigns – but what about his lockouts?




We hope you’ve been following MyChoice’s MyChoice’s anti-lockout and anti-pub curfew project, I’m Not The Problem Barry – No Lockout NSW! (If you haven’t, click here for our Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. We’ll wait!) Today’s announced resignation of Barry O’Farrell, NSW Premier and lead architect of these media-driven, evidence ignoring poor excuses for policy, is exciting for us all! This is an excellent chance for the state of New South Wales to painlessly repeal this harmful policy. We fully encourage whoever the new Premier is to do so! To push the…




Give me one diet soft drink or give me death

Give me one diet soft drink or give me death




It’s only midday, but we’re declaring this the outrageous headline of the day: “Fizzy drink tax could save 67 lives: study” Only in public health is it a revelation that taxing something makes it a bit less attractive to consumers and that by drinking less soft drinks, some people could avoid killing themselves, but it’s the odd specificity of the claim that makes this ‘study’ stand out. So, the headline being what it is, how could a soft drink tax save 67 lives specifically, you might ask? By reducing a…




Media Release: National ‘Free Smoke Zones’ to protest tobacco tax hike

Media Release: National ‘Free Smoke Zones’ to protest tobacco tax hike




This Saturday protesters will come together across the nation to ease the pinch for smokers – by handing out free cigarettes. The ‘Free Smoke Zones’ will be held in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to oppose the Abbott government’s massive tobacco tax hike. “Christmas is tough on any budget. This massive tax hike couldn’t come at a worse time. We’re trying to make the holiday season a little easier by showing some good will,” said MyChoice Australia director Lara Jeffery. The tobacco tax was raised by 12.5% on December 1…