TELL YOUR MP: NO TOBACCO TAX HIKE!

TELL YOUR MP: NO TOBACCO TAX HIKE!

  Join us and help stop Kevin Rudd slugging smokers with another tax hike! Under Kevin’s Plan, smokers will be charged an extra $5 a pack to help save him from his budget black hole. The fact is though – this will NOT raise more money. It will NOT help balance the budget. All this regressive tax will do is hurt already-struggling families, and help criminal tobacco smuggling syndicates Click HERE to get the facts and fill out our form below to tell your Member of Parliament: NO!   image…

Rudd’s Tobacco Tax Slug: The Facts

Rudd’s Tobacco Tax Slug: The Facts

Here are the facts on Kevin Rudd’s desperate attempt to gouge smokers to cover up his budget black hole: FACT: The tobacco tax is one of the most regressive taxes in Australia, hitting already struggling poorest Australians hardest. FACT: It won’t raise any revenue. This is the mining tax fiasco all over again. FACT: Kevin Rudd promised his 2010 tobacco tax would raise an extra $5 billion. In reality, tobacco excise revenue fell FACT: Deloitte found that the 2010 tobacco tax hike caused the illegal tobacco trade to jump 29%,…

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…

Nanny State Holding Australia Back

Nanny State Holding Australia Back

Australians are paying more than the rest of the world for just about everything, thanks to nanny state lifestyle taxes. A recent survey from Deutsche Bank shows just how bad things have become: Australia is already being left behind, with one of the highest costs of living and holidaying in the world. Australians know this all too well – the costs of housing, electricity, water, health, education, having fun, and everything in between are rising steeply and have been for a decade – with too may Australians left struggling to…

Electronic Saving Lives, Yet Banned By The Government

Electronic Saving Lives, Yet Banned By The Government

There have been two great articles in the last week on the rise of electronic cigarettes, a revolutionary way to significantly reduce the harm associated with smoking, and continued efforts by governments to ban them. First, the Economist notes that: SOME inventions are so simple, you have to wonder why no one has come up with them before. One such is the electronic cigarette. Smoking tobacco is the most dangerous voluntary activity in the world. More than 5m people die every year of the consequences. That is one death in…

Tobacco Display Bans: The Evidence

Tobacco Display Bans: The Evidence

Patrick Basham, director of the Democracy Institute has a great summary of the evidence supporting tobacco display bans (which have been in place in Australian States for a number of years). The results… shouldn’t surprise anyone: Between 2005 and 2010, each of Canada’s provinces instituted display bans. Those bans have had a devastating effect on Canadian convenience stores, which have lost 1 million daily visits and billions of dollars in tobacco and non-tobacco revenue as a result of the bans, as smokers have taken their business elsewhere. Not surprisingly, bankruptcies in the…

Do-gooder laws nothing but a drag

Do-gooder laws nothing but a drag

Nick Carter has a great pice in The Australian that is well worth a read in full (paywall protected). Here are some extracts: Staff at the Department of Health and Ageing (known, somewhat fashionably, as DOHA, incidentally) should be thanking smokers for helping to pay for the $67 million fit-out five-green-star-rated building, for as every public-service mandarin knows, smokers are net contributors to the economy. No wonder Sir Humphrey Appleby advised Jim Hacker against banning cigarettes in the first series of Yes, Prime Minister: “We are saving many more lives than…

The idiots have won

The idiots have won

Christopher Snowdon has just written a must-read piece saying it might just be time to “Build a spaceship folks. The idiots have won“. He makes a compelling case: In New Zealand, anti-nanny state campaigners are being investigated for “illegally advertising cigarettes under the guise of a “public awareness campaign”. Here’s an example of the potentially-illegal advertisement: Another example: the WHO is urging countries to crack down on the use of electronic smoking cessation devices because they look like cigarettes and “could therefore undermine the denormalization of tobacco use upheld by the WHO FCTC”. And one…

Media Release: Taxpayers Oppose Wine SuperTax & Tobacco Excise Hike

Media Release: Taxpayers Oppose Wine SuperTax & Tobacco Excise Hike

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, Australia’s leading non-partisan taxpayer advocacy organisation, & MyChoice Australia, its anti-nanny state affiliate, today condemned proposals to ban affordable alcohol through imposing a wine supertax, and to increase the tobacco excise by another 25%.  “Slugging lower income earners with both a wine supertax that will quadruple the price of cleanskins and boxed wine and also another 25% tobacco tax hike to make up a budget black hole caused by gross overspending is immoral and poor public policy” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’…