Category Archives: Take Nanny down

Are criminals dumb?

This is what happens when you walk into a store and act like an undercover policeman. Objective We aimed to assess change in the availability of illicit tobacco in small mixed business retail outlets following the December 2012 introduction of … Continue reading

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How’s that plain packaging policy working?

Deliveries of tobacco to retailers in Australia rose slightly last year for the first time in at least five years, even after the introduction of plain packaging aimed at deterring smokers, according to industry sales figures to be released on … Continue reading

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Evidence based policy: Plain packaging

Nicola Roxon’s plain packaging laws just got another kicking. This time by two European academics Ashok Kaul and Michael Wolf. It isn’t a pretty sight. A key stated objective of the Australian Plain Packaging Act 2011 is to influence smoking … Continue reading

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Fiona Nash and the health star rating

I can’t understand why Senator Nash has gone to ground over the health star rating website. She should come out on the attack: there has been a change of government and the Coalition has a much higher view of the … Continue reading

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The ACT Nanny State

Fresh from banning plastic bags, the ACT Government is now going to ban sugary drinks in ACT schools. Here is the face of the ACT Nanny. She claims that these drinks contribute to childhood obesity. Well if obesity is the … Continue reading

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A stake through the heart of the English language

In their illiberal pursuit of health labelling on the front of food packets, Health Department  bureaucrats claim the support of stakeholders.  And who might they be? The usual suspects:  Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance; Australian Medical Association; CHOICE; Obesity Policy Coalition; Public … Continue reading

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More ABC arrogance

There are 1.2 billion reasons why this Youtube clip belongs in the public domain. (HT: Bolt) Update: Here is the statement: Here is the lie:

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Abolish the Charities regulator

Full report here.

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The need for adult supervision at the ABC

It occurred to me yesterday while Roger Franklin and I ran through a list of recent ‘mistakes’ at the ABC – speaking on ABC radio – that the ABC faces the same problem the Rudd-Gillard government faced. A lack of … Continue reading

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The ABC is in trouble

Both News and Fairfax newspapers are pointing to problems at the ABC. Tony Walker in the AFR: If there has been a consistent theme in multiple conversations in recent months with Coalition figures, from senior ministers down, it is that … Continue reading

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