Category Archives: Take Nanny down

Cross post: “World Health Organization Uses Exclusion to Silence Debate” Says Former Australian Minister

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been severely criticised in a comprehensive report launched today by former Australian Government Minister, Dr Gary Johns, who claims that a forthcoming WHO international tobacco convention lacks the transparency and dialogue which underpin United … Continue reading

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Vaping as a disruptive technology

On the long, long flight back from Brazil last week I read Calestous Juma’s new book Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies.* It occurred to me that vaping (electronic cigarettes) is also a disruptive technology. We often … Continue reading

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James Paterson on tobacco excise

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The evolution of the state

Once upon a time the state used to harass women who wore too little at the beach. Now the state harasses women who wear too much at the beach.

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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

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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

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