Category Archives: Take Nanny down

Updated: Vaping v Plain Packaging

In December 2012 Australia adopted a draconian anti-smoking policy in plain packaging. The evidence seems to suggest this policy has failed to substantially reduce smoking prevalence in Australia. At about the same time (2012) vaping became very popular in the … Continue reading

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Plain Packaging – even the AIHW stats confirm it has failed

Yesterday was World No-Tobacco Day and it seems that the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare missed an opportunity to release their latest  National Drug Strategy Household Survey data showing the glorious success of their policies to rid Australia of … Continue reading

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Dredd on the nanny state

A few weeks ago I invested in the entire Judge Dredd Complete Case Files (strictly speaking I bought all the ones I didn’t already own) and have been working my way through them. Long haul flights to Europe have contributed … Continue reading

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Sensible vaping policy … in New Zealand

New Zealand will legalise vaping. The Government announced today it will change the law to legalise the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes. Products will be legally sold at some point next year. The change is a big win for the e-cigarette … Continue reading

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Incentives matter

Today is “Harmony Day” and also the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. So an excellent day to reflect on how the Australian government’s efforts are proceeding. Here is Chris Kenny making the obvious point: The … Continue reading

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The Australian Human Rights Commission has blood on its hands

Today we were all shocked by the news of Bill Leak’s untimely death at age 61. Roger Franklin at Quadrant expresses many of our views: Are you happy now, Gillian Triggs? And you, Tim Soutphommasane, race pimp and sinecured Labor … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Freedom of speech, Hypocrisy of progressives, Oppressive government, Shut it down. Fire them all., Take Nanny down | 200 Comments

But, but, but … peer review.

Dick Puddlecote draws our attention to a very amusing editorial in Tobacco Control. Despite careful review and selection procedures, no journal can guarantee that everything published is accurate, or that all readers will agree with the authors’ interpretation of findings. … Continue reading

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How much?

Another day and anther bunch of do-gooder tax-seeking statists arguing that a tax will make the world a wonderful and safe place. This time it is an obesity tax.  WHEN two out of three Australian adults and one in four … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Nathan Dyson Freedoms and Fines: NSW growing fine revenue

As Australians we often take for granted the extensive public services that we receive for a subsidised or free price. What we sometimes forget is how these services are being paid for and by whom. Like every state and territory … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Terry Barnes The TGA and nanny staters just can’t help themselves

February’s not turning out to be a great month for the cause of true harm reduction and trusting people to make wise decisions in looking after their own health. First, schools in New South Wales are banning – believe it … Continue reading

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