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….




Tasmania: Smoking age hike is smoke and mirrors

Tasmania: Smoking age hike is smoke and mirrors




MyChoice Australia has questioned the Tasmanian government’s proposal to raise the minimum legal smoking age to 21 or 25 years old. The submission, made in partnership with the Australia Taxpayers’ Alliance, expresses concerns that the only concrete policy change described in the draft is raising the smoking age. View our full submission here [PDF] The governments’ claim that the proposal will address “a number of lifestyle risk factors for chronic disease, including, but not limited to, smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, risky alcohol consumption and mental health” is undermined by its obvious focus…




Cheese: The New Drug?

Cheese: The New Drug?




Before you can “say cheese,” the latest study from Michigan will literally wipe the smile off your face. The substance that finishes a sandwich, completes a cake and is very much a meal on its own has become the next target of the nanny state scaremongers aka “health professionals.” Apparently it has been declared that an enjoyment of cheese is equivalent to an addiction on crack. They found that pizza was the most “addictive” of foods and “it has everything to do with the cheese.” It is a pathetic down spiral…




Ireland: Graphic Health Warnings & Plain Packaging for Alcohol?

Ireland: Graphic Health Warnings & Plain Packaging for Alcohol?




The slippery slope of the nanny state continues apace the Irish Government looks at bringing in graphic health warnings for alcohol: The information below is from the Joint Committee on Health and Children from the Irish Parliament which recommends on page 12 section 2 the following:   “Alcohol labelling should be treated in a similar fashion to tobacco legislation, to include the following: Clear health warnings to be included on alcohol products, indicating that alcohol causes disease; the Minister should also consider ensuring that warnings be given prominence with an…




Plain Packaging: A threat to the intellectual property rights system

Plain Packaging: A threat to the intellectual property rights system




MyChoice Australia recently put together a report for the International Property Rights Index on the impact of plain packaging in Australia. You can read the entire report HERE, but here is the conclusion, and a sharp warning to other industry groups: It is clear that plain packaging has failed to achieve its intended outcomes, with incidence of smoking reversing its long term decline, particularly amongst women and children. Plain packaging grossly misunderstands the role of branding: while it relevant to differentiating between competing brands, it has minimal impact on smoking…




Plain Packaging Two Years On – The Evidence Is In

Plain Packaging Two Years On – The Evidence Is In




Click here to download a summary one page fact sheet as a PDF Two years have passed since the Australian Government pushed through plain packaging legislation, ignoring repeated warnings that it would do nothing to reduce smoking rates (and might even increase them) while giving carte-blanche to tobacco smugglers (many of whom fund terrorist organisations) to operate in Australia with impunity. Given the embarrassment that this policy is causing Australia, with 100 business groups from around the world condemning the policy earlier this week, and a recent major legal loss…




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…




Nanny Statists Force WA Opera To Cancels Bizet’s Carmen

Nanny Statists Force WA Opera To Cancels Bizet’s Carmen




The multi-million dollar nanny state  industry has just scored its latest victory! This time, they have been able to take down the evil scourge that is … opera! That’s right, no longer content with gouging Australians with the highest tobacco taxes in the world and calling for food rationing taxpayer funded nanny statists have now decided to take on Opera, forcing a cancellation of the Bizet’s classic Carmen. WA Today reports that: A sponsorship agreement between WA Opera and Healthway has seen plans scrapped to perform a show where the…




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,…