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…

Tobacco control is about control – not tobacco

Tobacco control is about control – not tobacco

Tobacco control has never been about protecting the health of smokers. Not one policy – not a single one – that has ever pushed up the price of tobacco, restricted who can purchase tobacco, limited who can sell tobacco, abolished the right to advertise or even brand tobacco products, banned flavours of tobacco, and outlawed the use of tobacco in private or in public locations, or presence of certain people, has ever been designed, approved, or implemented with the well-being of smokers in mind. Historically, this might have been more…

Plain Packaging WTO Woes Grow: Indonesia Also Says No

Plain Packaging WTO Woes Grow: Indonesia Also Says No

Indonesia has joined the burgeoning international movement against Australia’s plain packaging laws. The World Trade Organisation has announced that Indonesia “had made a formal request for consultations with Australia” over plain packaging. The controversial policy has already pushed Honduras, Ukraine, Cuba and the Dominican Republic to ask the WTO to intervene in the dispute over the world’s most tyrannical tobacco packaging laws. These tobacco-supplying nations argue that plain packaging laws create illegal obstacles to world trade, breaching intellectual property rights and international trade rules. With Indonesia initiating dispute resolution proceedings,…

Honduras Takes Plain Packaging Fight to WTO

Honduras Takes Plain Packaging Fight to WTO

Plain packaging is firmly back on the international agenda, with Honduras joining Ukraine in pushing the World Trade Organisation to set up a dispute resolution panel over the worlds most ridiculous tobacco control measure. Tobacco producing nations, including the Dominican Republic and Cuba, argue that plain packaging laws create illegal obstacles to world trade. Australia’s obsession with infantilising smokers has seen Canberra and the High Court bluntly refusing to acknowledge that preventing an entire industry from branding its products is a plain infringement of intellectual property. Australia has so far…

Thank You Smokers!

Thank You Smokers!

You’ve seen smoke free zones before – but when was the last time you saw a free smoke zone? Today’s National Thank You Smokers Day event in Brisbane would have been the first time for many. A group of volunteers in the Queen St Mall crowdfunded cigarettes to offer to adult smokers, and handed out fliers with information about the taxes on tobacco. Of course, the protest in no way promoted smoking or smoking-related products – the only promotion going on was of gratitude to smokers for their disproportionately huge…

Hilarious Satire: Fighting Smokers Our Taxing Duty

Hilarious Satire: Fighting Smokers Our Taxing Duty

An excellent satire from New Zealand: We, Tariana Turia, Tribune of the People, duly and legally elected by a small proportion of a small proportion of those same people, do hereby pronounce and proclaim, we are appalled. And with the power vested in us as Associate Minister of Health for the realm of Aotearoa New Zealand, a position attained through political expedience rather than by any perception of merit, we shall act. Our subjects may recall that in the Year of our Lord 2011 we issued the “Wag That Finger…

How to Use Public Health to Control Everything

How to Use Public Health to Control Everything

Via our good friend Dr Julie Novak at the IPA, this piece from Laissez Faire Club on How to Use Public Health to Control Everything  is a must read: Some extracts: And here is the rabbit in the hat: social justice. “Social justice,” writes Bernard Turnock, “is the foundation of public health.” Since social justice is a subjective notion, somebody has to decide what it is and what it requires. So public health experts naturally want to assume the role of the philosopher-king. In Plato’s utopia, the philosopher-king rules paternalistically and tyrannically…

Are You Serious, Kevin?

Are You Serious, Kevin?

Kevin Rudd is getting Serious About Smoking. Again. Destroying commercial intellectual property rights, restricting the actions of citizens in public and in private, distributing horrific imagery, and scouring hip pockets for loose change is not serious, apparently. Inflating the retail price of a three dollar good to over twenty dollars? That’s a serious fix. Today’s announced 12.5% tobacco excise hike each year for the next four years is a shameful reflection on an incompetent government who simply can’t handle a budget. The speed with which raising tobacco excise again springs…

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…