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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

10 reasons the tobacco tax hike is awful, awful policy

10 reasons the tobacco tax hike is awful, awful policy

It really has nothing to do with your health In the words of the new PM, “It would only be raising $5 billion dollars or so if people are to continue to smoke, so let’s not listen to this palaver about health. This is all about revenue, it’s all about tax, it’s all about a government that can’t control it’s spending – that’s why it hits you in the hip pocket.” Smoking-related illness already benefits the budget – there ARE no losses to cover. Tobacco excise is already so high…