Category Archives: Take Nanny down

David Leyonhjelm: Regulate first, ask questions later

Living in Australia sometimes feels like living in a bureaucrats’ version of a spaghetti western. The heroes are the brave and all-knowing public servants, while the villains are the naughty people who are too foolish to realise that government knows … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm. Uneasy riders on the nanny state

It’s the pain and cost of a crash that should dictate safety wear for motorcyclists, not opinionated policemen. I was mightily pissed off the other day when I heard a senior Victorian policeman interviewed on radio, telling listeners that it … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on cashless welfare

Jeremy Sammut has a provocative article in [email protected] this week on cashless welfare. It’s a libertarian fantasy that the problem of welfare dependence can be addressed without using the power of the state to compel responsible personal behaviour. State compulsion, … Continue reading

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Free TV Australia think we’re stupid

Free TV Australia are denying that they have banned the advert for being “political”. Rather their story is this: “The advertiser was requested, but declined, to add an identification tag to the commercial to comply with Schedule 2 of the … Continue reading

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Just plain evil

Up to this point, I have been criticizing many anti-tobacco groups for presenting false information about the relative safety and effectiveness of vaping and for supporting public policy that would harm the public’s health. However, I have refrained from attacking … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm. No massacres since 1996?

According to popular legend, Hitler’s master of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, said, “A lie told once is still a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.” The claim that there have been no gun massacres since the … Continue reading

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Telling the truth about the failure of anti-racism laws in Britain

How come this has not gone viral in the non-left blogosphere? This appears to be an explosive demolition of the Blair experiment in policing hatespeech multiculturalism and anti-racism by Trevor Phillips, the man who helped to write the law and … Continue reading

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The return of the Gestapo

Interesting. BERLIN — In a coordinated campaign across 14 states, the German police on Tuesday raided the homes of 36 people accused of hateful postings over social media, including threats, coercion and incitement to racism. Most of the raids concerned … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Terry Barnes Lard-arsed kids need exercise, not plain-packaged breakfast cereals

You have to hand it to the Obesity Policy Coalition.  Funded indirectly by government, through their funding sugar-daddies (geddit?) the Cancer Council of Victoria, Diabetes Victoria and VicHealth –  Victoria being the biggest nanny State of Australia – their one-person, … Continue reading

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Updated: Vaping v Plain Packaging

In December 2012 Australia adopted a draconian anti-smoking policy in plain packaging. The evidence seems to suggest this policy has failed to substantially reduce smoking prevalence in Australia. At about the same time (2012) vaping became very popular in the … Continue reading

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