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…

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…

A fat lot of good

A fat lot of good

Does anything sound less fun and more ominous than an ‘Obesity Summit’? Nonetheless it exists, was it held last week, and people attended it, refreshed by sparkling water and slivers of carrot, no doubt. Judging by the outcome of the summit it was entirely populated by do-gooder, penny-pinching public-health pseudofascists. Successfully pushing the previous government to force a star-rating nutritional labelling system, as though clear information about the nutritional makeup of food is somehow unclear to poor, unthinking, silly Australians, was never going to be enough. Helen Rittelmeyer at the…

Till, junk food due to part?

Till, junk food due to part?

Ban sweets at the till. Restrict food advertising. Enforce food and drink policies in schools. Regulate sugary drinks. Subsidise “healthy” food providers. Have you ever noticed how all “anti-obesity regulations” are all focused on the food? Personally, I don’t think it’s the double cheeseburger and fries I’m going to have for lunch that would contribute to gaining weight so much as the busy afternoon of “sitting at my computer” that I have planned. Doesn’t that sound like an experience the bureaucrat-Mecca of Canberra should be all too familiar with? Apparently…

Nanny Statists Advocating North Korean Starvation Diet

Nanny Statists Advocating North Korean Starvation Diet

Thousands are dying of starvation in the criminal North Korean regime. A third of children are so malnourished they have stunted growth.  People are so desperate for food that they are resorting to canibalism. This is the regime that our insane leftist nanny statists want to emulate. Gareth Morgan is one of New Zealand’s leading advocates for a so-called “fat tax”. Fresh from a visit to North Korea, this is what he had to say: He’s barely off the plane after a 40,000-kilometre ride across Russia and Korea. Controversy trailed…

Fat Tax Costs Before It’s Law

Fat Tax Costs Before It’s Law

How much fat would a fat tax tax if a fat tax could tax fat? That’s the half a million dollar question – and you’re paying to find out. The public health tsars of the Australian National Preventative Health Agency are at it again, this time trying to solve the country’s most pressing crisis: cheap, delicious food. Public-spirited as they are, ANPHA thinks we should share the burden of cheap food equitably – and what better way, they think, than with the across-the-board hike in the cost of living? Better…

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…

The Real Story on So-Called “Food Addiction”

The Real Story on So-Called “Food Addiction”

Via the Center for Consumer Freedom: The latest tactic by the nation’s food police is to classify foods as “foods of abuse” that are “addictive”and that should be regulated liketobacco cigarettes,alcohol, oreven marijuana. Fortunately for gourmands gobbling gouda and commoners chomping on cheeseburgers alike, there is considerable evidence that this slipshod approach to neuroscience is fatally flawed. The European Food Information Council recently released a synopsisof two Cambridge University efforts to scrutinize the existing data ostensibly supporting the theory,which we have noted before. The researchers’ overwhelming conclusion is that the theory that…

When The Nanny State Kills

When The Nanny State Kills

An excellent piece from the Center for Competitive Enterprise on how government nanny state policies can, well, kill: The government told people to switch from saturated animal fats to unsaturated vegetable fats. But that advice may have killed a lot of people. As David Oliver notes, a recent study “in the British Medical Journal” shows that ”those who heeded the advice” from public-health officials “to switch from saturated fats to polyunsaturated vegetable oils dramatically reduced their odds of living to see 2013,” incurring up to a ”60% increase in risk of death by switching from animal fats to vegetable oils.” This possibly deadly medical…