Category Archives: Take Nanny down

A snarky question

Yesterday anti-free speech activist Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz (reply here) posted a gotcha question on the Australian Libertarian Society Facebook page: Why has the market for ideas not crushed militant Islamism in countries like Australia? Rather that respond with an equally snarky … Continue reading

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Marking your own exams

Anti-tobacco campaigner Melanie Wakefield of the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer has been engaged without tender by the Department of Health to undertake a National Tracking Survey of 400 current and ex-smokers between 2012 and 2014 to assess the … Continue reading

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Smoking Tax Evasion Kills

The New York Post is reporting: A Staten Island grand jury cleared an NYPD cop Wednesday in the chokehold death of Eric Garnerduring his caught-on-video arrest for peddling loose cigarettes, The Post has learned. The panel voted a “no-bill” and dismissed all potential … Continue reading

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Want a smoke? Get a licence.

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What’s happening to Household expenditure on tobacco?

So the National Accounts came out this morning and I went to check whether the ABS had revised any of the tobacco expenditure data. The lack of revision is subject to a query in Senate estimates – no doubt we’ll … Continue reading

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Plain packaging debate is back

Last Thursday the peer-reviewed policy journal Agenda: A journal of policy analysis and reform published my joint paper with RMIT colleague Ashton de Silva on tobacco plain packaging. From December 2012 standardised packaging for tobacco products – known as ‘plain … Continue reading

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Why pay for malcontents?

Andrew Bolt makes a very good point about the Human Rights Commission: So taxpayers today pay HRC commissioners more than $300,000 each to do the nagging that thousands of other activists already do [for] free. Well – not quite for … Continue reading

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Cracking down on cheating Bridge players

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Smack down! Nanny state embarrasses politician

WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett has signalled an overhaul of his government’s health agency Healthway, saying he was “embarrassed” that the state opera company had dumped a planned performance of Carmen because it featured smoking. As Tony Abbott called the … Continue reading

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Bill Leak on trading off freedom for security

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