Category Archives: Take Nanny down

George Brandis is a hypocrite

George Brandis wants to strengthen Australia’s Intellectual Property laws: It involves three main proposals, but the big one is overturning the important iiNet decision that highlighted that ISPs are protected from liability for users infringing, because they’re not the proactive party. In … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Hypocrisy of progressives, Politics, Take Nanny down | 49 Comments

Smuggling? Really? Who would have thought …

Authorities blame the surge in counterfeit cigarettes on the introduction of plain packaging two years ago. (HT: Dick Puddlecote)

Posted in Economics and economy, Take Nanny down | 32 Comments

Simon Chapman – hide the increase

The anti-smoking lobby are much like the carbon tax crowd – they’ll say anything any time to support their cause. Here is Simon Chapman in The Drum today: A tobacco-loving English blogger noticed that in the 12-17 year age group … Continue reading

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Two statists and me

So this morning I was on the Outsiders segment on Radio National. Two topics came up, abolition of the carbon tax, and increased ASIO powers. Remarkably I was the only person concerned by the increase in the surveillance state. Statist … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Take Nanny down, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 211 Comments

Smoking Wars Again II

Yesterday I highlighted some of the problems for the anti-smoking nanny staters in the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey. It gets worse. Before I get to that, let’s just remind ourselves what the nanny-staters are claiming: The survey was … Continue reading

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Smoking Wars again

This morning the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released results for the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey. The anti-smoking lobby is crowing that the results support the tobacco plain packaging policy “This is the biggest drop I’ve ever … Continue reading

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Simon Breheny on 18c

On 12 March this year The Conversation published this report on a federal member of parliament who said: “But not one person has contacted me arguing for abolition. It shows the feeling is very strong the other way.”  It wasn’t a member of the … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech, Guest Post, Take Nanny down | 51 Comments

Plausible denial from the ABC

Oh dear – the ABC has been very naughty. Picking up on the Fairfax media’s no-actual-new-data-from-the-Treasury story the ABC radio PM show ran a story that quoted the “Treasury data” without: Naming a Treasury official. Quoting a Treasury official. Citing … Continue reading

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From Hansard: Windfarms

Senator MADIGAN (Victoria) (23:20): I rise to speak tonight on the privilege of this parliament to operate without fear or favour. Members and senators have the right to undertake their duties freely to represent their constituents—it is the reason we … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Hypocrisy of progressives, Take Nanny down | 76 Comments

Strange claim in Fairfax media

The Fairfax media is claiming: The federal Treasury has entered the debate over cigarette sales, publishing previously secret information that shows sales falling since the introduction of graphic health warnings and plain packaging. The Treasury collects data on sales per … Continue reading

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