Category Archives: Take Nanny down

Guest Post: Terry Barnes – Regulating e-cigarettes: read all about it!

Professor Emeritus Simon Chapman is a curious chap. Having signed aboard a team of academics commissioned at considerable cost by the federal government to review the regulation of e-cigarettes and related policy, and co-author of a related discussion paper circulated … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm guest post. The Nanny State

The Senate Nanny State Inquiry, which I chaired, has ended due to the election. Its seven short reports, available on the Parliament House website, make sobering and even disturbing reading. Throughout the inquiry – during public hearings and in submissions … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Terry Barnes – One in the eye for Simon Chapman from the Royal College of Physicians

My recent Catallaxy post on the federal government’s hush-hush e-cigarette policy and regulatory review set a cat amongst a few pigeons in the public health and pro-vaping worlds. So let’s hope Simon Chapman and his team of “unbiased’ public health … Continue reading

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Bill Leak takes on the nanny state

On sale here. (HT: Blair)

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Guest Post: Terry Barnes – What is the Turnbull Government’s e-cig policy review hiding?

Last year the federal health department, on behalf of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs – senior bureaucrats advising federal, state and territory ministers on drug issues – commissioned a policy review on the regulation, sale and marketing of e-cigarettes with … Continue reading

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John Howard admits his gun laws have failed

As reported in the Australian: Speaking on SBS’ Insight program to Alpha Cheng, the son of NSW police employee Curtis Cheng who was fatally shot in Parramatta last year, the former prime minister said he would “encourage sensible strengthening of … Continue reading

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Plain Packaging Resources

Writing Davidson, S. and A. de Silva. 2014. The Plain Truth about Plain Packaging: An Econometric Analysis of the Australian 2011 Tobacco Plain Packaging Act. Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform. 21(1): 27 – 43. Davidson, S. 2014. … Continue reading

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Submission to Singapore Tobacco Consultation

Last December the Singaporean government announced a public consultation into plain packaged tobacco and some other tobacco control measures. I made a submission based on the Australian experience – here. Regular readers will recognise many of the arguments.

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Tobacco commoditisation encourages criminality

From the Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Inquiry into Illicit Tobacco Hansard Mr MacDonald: … We are living in a world where cigarette smokers have moved from being very brand loyal to now very price sensitive. Someone could have smoked … Continue reading

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How much tax revenue does smoking raise?

Yesterday Simon Chapman had an op-ed in the Conversation where he went through 10 smoking myths. Number 5 struck me as just being wrong: 5. Governments don’t want smoking to fall because they are addicted to tobacco tax and don’t … Continue reading

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