Category Archives: Take Nanny down

More Labor lies

A press release from Shadow Health Minister Catherine King: The latest ABS National Accounts figures show tobacco consumption fell a further 2.2 per cent in the June quarter. Tobacco consumption has now plunged 13 per cent over the past 12 … Continue reading

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Refusing to update erroneous beliefs

So the national accounts are out today – GDP growth is looking a bit anaemic. But, as always, whenever the national accounts come out the luvvies are out in force defending plain packaging. Tobacco consumption free-falls after plain packaging laws … Continue reading

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Dick Puddlecote smack down

The silliness burns. Research carried out for the Irish Cancer Society and Irish Heart Foundation by leading UK business economist Dr Rob Branston of the University of Bath shows that tobacco multinationals are making combined annual profits of between €110 … Continue reading

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More public health porkies

From The Age: A global tobacco giant is using freedom of information laws to obtain data from surveys by thousands of Victorian school children and teenagers that reveal their attitudes to smoking and alcohol. Public health advocates believe “Big Tobacco” … Continue reading

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Department of Health telling porkies on Plain Packaging

Remember this statement on the Department of Health website? Treasury has advised that tobacco clearances (including excise and customs duty) fell by 3.4% in 2013 relative to 2012 and fell a further 7.7% in 2014. Tobacco clearances have fallen a … Continue reading

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Let them eat moral outrage

Here is Sydney University Professor Simon Chapman AO advocating starvation in Africa: I recently noticed a tweet from @CareersatBAT about how British American Tobacco South Africa had packed 200,000 meals of donated food for the Million Meal Challenge being run … Continue reading

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AMA gets Leyonhjelm smack down

It has been brought to my attention that (Associate) Professor Brian Owler (President of the Australian Medical Association) took a few pot-shots at me and the Senate Inquiry into the Nanny State I’ll be chairing at the National Press Club … Continue reading

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Thoughts on bike helmets

So here is a story in the Herald Sun: THERE is a reason that James Hird, happily enough, is still alive today. There’s a reason he is not languishing in ICU with neurologists searching for signs of activity. The reason … Continue reading

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Karl Popper on Religion, Science and Toleration

“I have insisted that we must be tolerant. But I also believe that this tolerance has its limits. We must not trust those anti-humanitarian religions which not only preach destruction but act accordingly. For if we tolerate them, then we … Continue reading

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Foreseeable consequences

More evidence that the Plain Packaging policy is imposing high costs on the community: This week $20,000 worth of smokes were stolen by pair of burglars who used shopping trolleys to wheel away their loot. Police believe the two offenders … Continue reading

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