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…

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…

Tell the QLD Govt: No Curfew!

Tell the QLD Govt: No Curfew!

    The limitation in number… of beer and spirit houses, for express purposes of rendering them more difficult to access… not only exposes all to an inconvenience, because there are some by whom the facility would be abused, but is suited only to a state of society in which the labouring classes are avowedly treated as children…” – JS Mill writing in 1859 The Queensland government is considering a proposal to impose a 1am lockout and 3am curfew on law abiding responsible drinkers. Help us fight for our right to party…

Denmark to Repeal Tax on Soda and Beer

Denmark to Repeal Tax on Soda and Beer

Last year we reported that Denmark had scrapped their “fat tax”. Now, in a further blow to bully-state paternalist, the Danish government has agreed to repeal the “soda tax” and cut the beer tax by 15%: The Danish government is abandoning a beverage tax that it says is costing the country millions of euros as consumers cross the border to shop in Germany instead. The tax on soft drinks is to be halved by July and completely abolished by next year, making a 1.5-liter bottle of soda three kroner (€0.40) cheaper…

Nanny State Holding Australia Back

Nanny State Holding Australia Back

Australians are paying more than the rest of the world for just about everything, thanks to nanny state lifestyle taxes. A recent survey from Deutsche Bank shows just how bad things have become: Australia is already being left behind, with one of the highest costs of living and holidaying in the world. Australians know this all too well – the costs of housing, electricity, water, health, education, having fun, and everything in between are rising steeply and have been for a decade – with too may Australians left struggling to…

Blind weightlifting champ portrayed as ‘drunk’ by the ABC

Blind weightlifting champ portrayed as ‘drunk’ by the ABC

How desperate is our nanny state industry to ignore facts in its quest for greater regulation? This desperate: Footage of Chamoun stumbling appears following a quote from NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas about the impact of alcohol-related violence on emergency services. “An enormous amount of effort and anguish is expended on people who have simply got themselves in such a drunken state that emergency services have to become involved to look after them or patch up the mess that they leave,” Mr Kaldas said. The problem? Malek Chamoun is legally…

The problem with minimum alcohol pricing

The problem with minimum alcohol pricing

Australia’s not the only country looking to ban affordable alcohol, the UK government is looking at the same thing, and this blog post is well worth a read in full: Minimum Unit Pricing is probably the most regressive, illiberal, and outright snobbish policy being debated by parliament today, yet it enjoys near universal political support from the NUS and the Labour party on the left, to the Tories on the right. The problem is, the support is based on junk science, state-funded lobbying and outright prejudice against the poorest… The…

Demonising drinking is wowserism at its worst

Demonising drinking is wowserism at its worst

Miranda Devine has a must-read article in Tuesday’s Telegraph on our government’s wowserish madness when it comes to demonising alcohol. She sensibly notes: Contrary to popular myth, and compared to baby boomer legislators, Generation Y is relatively abstemious and sensible. That is how most parents see their teenagers as they help them to make their way in the world. But what is increasingly noticeable to parents is how disrespectful and unforgiving the world is to these emerging adults. Punishing young people for learning to drink alcohol is just mindless control-freakery. Make…

Media Release: Taxpayers Oppose Wine SuperTax & Tobacco Excise Hike

Media Release: Taxpayers Oppose Wine SuperTax & Tobacco Excise Hike

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, Australia’s leading non-partisan taxpayer advocacy organisation, & MyChoice Australia, its anti-nanny state affiliate, today condemned proposals to ban affordable alcohol through imposing a wine supertax, and to increase the tobacco excise by another 25%.  “Slugging lower income earners with both a wine supertax that will quadruple the price of cleanskins and boxed wine and also another 25% tobacco tax hike to make up a budget black hole caused by gross overspending is immoral and poor public policy” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’…

Should Bars Be Forced To Close At 1pm?

Should Bars Be Forced To Close At 1pm?

A guest post from Siobhan Harris: Melbourne Mayoral candidate John Elliot is calling for nightclubs to close at 1am. He argues that this controversial move will put an end to street violence and keep Melbourne CBD residents safe. This ill-conceived promise will make street violence worse and ensure that residents feel less safe. Nightclubs in Melbourne typically open around 9pm or 10pm, so if this measure were to come to effect, nightclubbers would only have 3 or 4 hours to enjoy themselves. But of course, nobody goes to a nightclub…