Coming Soon: Warning Labels For Alcohol and Sugar!

Coming Soon: Warning Labels For Alcohol and Sugar!

Remember how nanny state advocates promised black and blue that restrictions on tobacco were unique and would never be followed in other industries? That the slippery slope was a lie? Well, this week we saw the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse propose graphic warning labels on alcohol while in New Zealand, taxpayer funded activists from Otago University have argued that “tobacco-like warning labels on sugary drinks are needed to curb children’s habit of drinking them while playing and watching sport.” This shouldn’t be a surprise to our members,…

EVENT: Your Rights at Play

EVENT: Your Rights at Play

Between the Attorney General deciding to snoop on your online activities, the international health establishment pushing for the extinction of non-olive packaging, and the Premier suffering from an obvious, crippling fear of alcohol-related headlines, our rights at play have never been under greater threat in our lifetimes.In the face of the unrelenting march of the nanny state, please join MyChoice Australia in defending the voluntary exchange of goods and services for the purpose of amusement that forms the heart of a community.We’re lucky to welcome the following special guests and…

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…

What is illicit tobacco?

What is illicit tobacco?

  Idk but there is this many of it: Okay. So. Today’s KPMG report identifies these types of illicit tobacco… Counterfeit cigarettes: fake versions of real brands. Unbranded loose tobacco: it’s unbranded loose leaf tobacco that is not in cigarette form. Non-domestic cigarettes (legal): importing or bringing in foreign cigarettes duty-free when you come back from not-Australia (which is legal if there’s less than fifty cigarettes, or if there’s more and you pay tax on them). You can tell they’re not Australian if they glorify dictators instead of health conditions….

What makes the front line back down?

What makes the front line back down?

Here’s an update to this morning’s story about an obsessive, officious licensing officer trying to pull up a publican offering free beers to firefighters(aka heroes) who saved his pub. Since the story broke, the NSW Police Department have been trying to distance themselves from the officer in question. A spokesperson has denied that the licensing officer was sent by superiors or issued a warning. The hardline of the front line becomes a happy, congratulatory tale of heroes and beers all ’round. Cops Are Tops, etc etc. Except.. they aren’t. Every…

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…