Category Archives: Take Nanny down

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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That Plain Packaging result again II

When dealing with nanny-staters and lefties you always have to check the data yourself. So it is with a rather triumphal tweet sent by Simon Chapman AO last week. Look at the graph – it purports to show annual growth … Continue reading

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That Plain Packaging result again

Last week I put up a cross-post from Chris Snowdon responding to the latest national accounts data on household tobacco expenditure. I thought I’d reproduce his graph and blow things up a bit and add in a trend line just … Continue reading

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Cross post: Christopher Snowdon – Aussie tobacco figures again

I didn’t intend to revisit the Australian tobacco sales data again. The only remarkable thing about them is that, after years of decline, they didn’t fall in the first year of plain packaging. In fact, the latest set of figures … Continue reading

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Cross Post: Simon Breheny – Shifting the goal posts on plain packaging

Earlier this year, I made a submission to the Department of Health’s post-implementation review of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011. Ostensibly, the objective of the review is to determine the extent to which the regime has met its stated objectives. Unfortunately, the review seeks … Continue reading

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Adam Smith on smuggling

Here is Adam Smith talking about smuggling wool: The prohibition, notwithstanding all the penalties which guard it, does not prevent the exportation of wool. It is exported, it is well known, in great quantities. The great difference between the price … Continue reading

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