Media Release: National ‘Free Smoke Zones’ to protest tobacco tax hike

Media Release: National ‘Free Smoke Zones’ to protest tobacco tax hike

This Saturday protesters will come together across the nation to ease the pinch for smokers – by handing out free cigarettes. The ‘Free Smoke Zones’ will be held in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to oppose the Abbott government’s massive tobacco tax hike. “Christmas is tough on any budget. This massive tax hike couldn’t come at a worse time. We’re trying to make the holiday season a little easier by showing some good will,” said MyChoice Australia director Lara Jeffery. The tobacco tax was raised by 12.5% on December 1…

Congratulations to Tim Wilson, the new Freedom Commissioner!

Congratulations to Tim Wilson, the new Freedom Commissioner!

  Some very exciting news has just been released – Tim Wilson has been formally appointed to the position of Human Rights Commissioner by Attorney-General George Brandis!                   The announcement comes hot on the heels of the AGs office directing the Australian Law Reform Commission to identify laws that encroach on traditional rights and freedoms. This is very good news for freedom in Australia. Tim has spent seven years at the renowned Institute of Public Affairs, and will be leaving his role…

The Best Op Ed of 2013

The Best Op Ed of 2013

James Morrow writing in the Telegraph: ORDINARILY when a business decides to offer a new service to its customers the market either takes it up or not, goods and services are exchanged for money, and everyone goes on their way. But when that business is McDonald’s, and that service is home delivery, all hell breaks loose. To judge by the hysterical reaction in some quarters to the news that Macca’s North Parramatta outlet has started a home delivery service, one would think Ronald McDonald himself was prowling the suburbs, dashing…

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…

Why the tobacco tax hike is Tony’s fault – and not Kevin’s.

Why the tobacco tax hike is Tony’s fault – and not Kevin’s.

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the tobacco excise hike – in particular about who is responsible for it, and where the bill to authorise it is. Hopefully we can clear it up a little! Firstly, there is no bill to authorise it – yet. What has happened is this: on the 29th of November, the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation filed a notice in the federal Gazette (which is a publication of all official government notices and announcements) giving notice of an intention to pass a bill to raise the tobacco…

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…

Media Release: Rudd Must Resist Calls To Gouge Smokers

Media Release: Rudd Must Resist Calls To Gouge Smokers

The following release was issued prior to the announcement that the Rudd Government shall, in fact, be increasing the tobacco tax by a whopping 50%. Media Release Rudd Must Resist Calls To Gouge Smokers The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance & MyChoice Australia today urged the Federal Government to resist pressure to hike tobacco taxes to plug the Federal Budget Black Hole. “Smokers can’t be made the scapegoat for the Federal Government’s budget failure” ” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. “Hiking the tobacco tax would be an…

Lollipop man Bernie Robertson banned from high-fiving kids

Lollipop man Bernie Robertson banned from high-fiving kids

Lollipop man Bernie Robertson banned from high-fiving kids at Mount Annan Public School: A LOLLIPOP man has been banned from giving high-fives to children as they cross the road because it’s “too dangerous”, according to the health and safety police. Bernie Robertson – who has stopped traffic to keep young pupils safe outside Mount Annan Public School in Sydney’s southwest for 13 years – has been cautioned after a review of guidelines by Roads and Maritime Services. If you’re looking for more budget cuts, might I suggest these bureaucrats are…

Public Health: Proud Enemies Of Freedom

Public Health: Proud Enemies Of Freedom

Dick Puddlecote writes from over in the UK on the shocking attack on our freedoms by the public health lobby: Neatly following on from yesterday’s article on the misapplication of Baroness Thatcher’s “no such thing as society” quote, it appears again in a Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) document published on Monday [pdf]. Proving yet again that modern public health is more a vehicle for far left agitpropthan impartial and sober evidence provision, SHAAP publishes this astounding paragraph on page 9. […] there is an increasing antagonism by some against any form of regulation, aligned…

US: Soft Drink Prohibition Proposed

US: Soft Drink Prohibition Proposed

In the United States, the lead nanny state activist group, from which many Australian activists take inspiration, is the Center for Science in the Public Interest. A few days ago, they proposed to ban all soft drinks – including many juices! That’s right, actually ban them all outright: Today, food police from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)and potato scaremonger Walter Willettintroduced a proposal that would ban every regular soft drink in existence, whether it is a soda, a sweet tea, a lemonade, or a sweetened fruit drink. CSPI claims that sugar and…