Category Archives: Take Nanny down

Make him feel the heat

The great Ronald Reagan had a wonderful expression: When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat. Those were my thoughts this morning while reading Niki Savva’s column. Unlike my good friend Steve Kates I am … Continue reading

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Trust in government

Last week Australians had a taste of government incompetence. Writing in The Spectator Simon Cowan had this to say: Yet outside their own experiences, everyone continues to believe the government operates with a basic level of competency. They seem to … Continue reading

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The best sentence you’ll read all day

Like the censors of old, Australia’s censorial class is brimming with mediocrities who perceive Leak’s unfettered talent as a threat to their illegitimate power. That’s Jennifer Oriel writing in the Australian. Her next paragraph is pretty good too. Despite being … Continue reading

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From the NSW Hansard: Peter Phelps on greyhound racing

The Hon. Dr PETER PHELPS (17:43): When we arrive in this place as parliamentarians we always hope that we will be able to promote good policy which is also good politics. Occasionally we have to promote good policy which is … Continue reading

Posted in State Politics, Take Nanny down | 93 Comments

A Gangsters ‘Excise’ Paradise

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The ABS & Census websites are currently experiencing an outage. We're working to restore the service. We will keep you updated. Thank you. — Census Australia (@ABSCensus) August 9, 2016 Tell your census horror stories here. Those $180 daily fines … Continue reading

Posted in Shut it down. Fire them all., Take Nanny down, Technology & Telco | 368 Comments

Walter Williams on the consequences of welfare

Bill Leak got is spot of bother with this cartoon. This is a pictorial representation of an argument Walter Williams has been making for years: Most of the problems faced by the black community have their roots in a black … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Hypocrisy of progressives, Politics of the Left, Take Nanny down | 61 Comments

Guest Post: Terry Barnes – Kiwis have got it right on vaping, leaving Chapman fuming

While nanny state McCarthyists of public health rule the roost in Australian harm reduction, thank heavens our Kiwi cousins across the Dutch have their heads sensibly screwed on. This week, >the New Zealand government announced it will be legislating to … Continue reading

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Guest: Michael James on Brexit, What Now?

The sudden appointment of Theresa May as leader of Britain’s Conservative Party and Prime Minister has abruptly ended the brief period of shock, disbelief and paralysis following the European Union referendum. In those two weeks it has finally sunk in … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, International, Oppressive government, Rafe, Take Nanny down | 25 Comments

David Leyonhjelm guest post on Middle Class Welfare

Robbing Peter to Pay Middle-Class Paul There is no government today that restricts itself to the provision of law and order, justice, and national defence. We have all become accustomed to the state providing an array of services. Some of … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Economics and economy, Guest Post, Rafe, Take Nanny down, Taxation | 62 Comments