Category Archives: Take Nanny down

Plain packaging debate is back

Last Thursday the peer-reviewed policy journal Agenda: A journal of policy analysis and reform published my joint paper with RMIT colleague Ashton de Silva on tobacco plain packaging. From December 2012 standardised packaging for tobacco products – known as ‘plain … Continue reading

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Why pay for malcontents?

Andrew Bolt makes a very good point about the Human Rights Commission: So taxpayers today pay HRC commissioners more than $300,000 each to do the nagging that thousands of other activists already do [for] free. Well – not quite for … Continue reading

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Cracking down on cheating Bridge players

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Smack down! Nanny state embarrasses politician

WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett has signalled an overhaul of his government’s health agency Healthway, saying he was “embarrassed” that the state opera company had dumped a planned performance of Carmen because it featured smoking. As Tony Abbott called the … Continue reading

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Bill Leak on trading off freedom for security

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Carmen promotes smoking; opera cancelled

The West Australian Opera has announced it will not program the opera Carmen in the next two years, after it secured $400,000 in sponsorship from Healthway, because the story features smoking. The 1875 work by Georges Bizet is one of … Continue reading

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Whahahahahaha

David Leyonhjelm admits to being influenced by tobacco donation. The senator who defended the rights of smokers and said they were being disproportionately slugged through tobacco taxes has confirmed his party accepted donations from tobacco giant Phillip Morris. Liberal Democrat … Continue reading

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Thank you for smoking

It’s a great movie if you haven’t seen it. Today David Leyonhjelm thanked smokers for their contributions to treasury in a speech to the parliament. A crossbench senator has thanked Australia’s smokers and attacked successive governments for increasing tobacco taxes … Continue reading

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How is that plain packaging working?

Quit Victoria and the Cancer Council Victoria say cigarettes can be bought at 8000 places, which makes them “more available than bread and milk”. Doesn’t sound like consumption is collapsing as we’ve been told. Mind you the underlying motive is … Continue reading

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Tobacco excise revenue up again

The Final Budget Outcome for the 2013-14 financial year has been released. The government are having a bit of fun at Wayne Swan’s expense: Despite Labor initially forecasting a surplus of $5.4 billion for the 2013-14 financial year, and keeping … Continue reading

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