Labor gov running out of ways to punish smokers

Labor gov running out of ways to punish smokers

Siobhan Harris writes: Many youths have been bemoaning Rudd’s recently announced incremental tax grabs rises. Many cigarettes will cost almost a dollar each, which is sure to hit Gen Y’s particularly hard. Or so I thought. As we are often reminded, when one door closes, another door opens. This open door comes in the form of lucrative employment, the potential for social mobility and a community support network. It will bring all of us closer together. Yes, I’m talking about black market tobacco, obviously. I know what you’re thinking, it’s…

The Latest Lifestyle Tax Proposal: Taxing Us For Not Going To The Gym

The Latest Lifestyle Tax Proposal: Taxing Us For Not Going To The Gym

Siobhan Harris writes on recent proposals to tax people who don’t go to the gym: If schadenfreude is more your thing, you’ll be pleased to know that we’re not the only ones battling the Nanny State. In the supposed land of the free, the New England Medical Journal has offered some creative new measures that I shall call lifestyle taxes. Not just one idea, but enough lifestyle taxes that would make even Nicola Roxon blush. Excuse the excessive quotations but no commentator could possibly convey the seriousness of these hilarious suggestions. Let the quotes speak for themselves. Beginning any…

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…

Youths, Alcohol & Moral Panic

Youths, Alcohol & Moral Panic

A guest post from Siobhan Harris: Yesterday the National Summit on Alcohol Marketing to Young People was held in Parliament House in Canberra. The event was in association with the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAF).  In attendance were public health experts, non-government organizations, law enforcement bodies, youth associations and ‘experts in alcohol’. Together they reached a ‘broad consensus’, that youths were being exposed to alcohol advertising and marketing. They also list the ways in which youths were being exposed such as social media platforms like Facebook. They patted…