Category Archives: Plain Packaging

Don’t ask how he mistook his sister-in-law for his wife

Hunter Biden admits he smoked parmesan cheese because it resembled crack.

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Open and transparent science

Trump appointee to the EPA, Andrew Wheeler has just made a major announcement to improve the quality of decision making. But the work of the Environmental Protection Agency—to protect human health and the environment—shouldn’t be exempt from public scrutiny. This … Continue reading

Posted in Culture Wars, Fake News, Hypocrisy of progressives, Plain Packaging, Taking out the trash | 12 Comments

“What’s that Skippy? Nicotine consumption continues to increase?”

Who would have thought that after years and years of glorious plain packaging laws that nicotine consumption in Australia would be increasing? Who could have predicted such a thing? Well, it turns out that the in-the-pocket-of-big-tobacco Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressive government, Plain Packaging, Take Nanny down, Taking out the trash | 35 Comments

You can’t trust government research

Over the past 12 years or so, I’ve had a nice side gig going where I have replicated and critiqued modelling that underpins government policy. To that end I have critiqued the FuelWatch scheme, the GFC stimulus, the mining tax, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Plain Packaging, Politics | 26 Comments

How’s that war on tobacco going?

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare put out their latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey today. This survey comes out every 3 years. We covered it last time here. I have updated the graph showing the downward trend in … Continue reading

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Mentioned in dispatches

In one of its last rulings, the now-defunct World Trade Organisation has ruled that Australia’s plain packaging laws are legal – not that they were effective, but legal. Anyway in 2018 I made an amicus curiae submission to the WTO. … Continue reading

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I’m here to help

Defence Department attempts to explain differences between women and men.   When the ADF’s top brass isn’t spending 640,000 of your dollars on ‘gender reassignment’ surgery, dispatching personnel to $12,000-a-pop Gender Peace and Security courses to make them “gender sensitive, … Continue reading

Posted in Plain Packaging, Politics of the Left, War and peace | 84 Comments

Idea laundering is a threat to business and civil society

The WSJ describes how idea laundering works: Here’s how it works: First, various academics have strong moral impulses about something. For example, they perceive negative attitudes about obesity in society, and they want to stop people from making the obese … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm. Time for new thinking on smoking

At the World Taxpayers’ Association Biennial Conference in Sydney recently, experts discussed global approaches to tobacco control and harm reduction. From this it is timely to ask whether our bureaucrats and government need a change of mindset. According to both … Continue reading

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Is this false advertising?

Quit Victoria put out a tweet the other day. 25% reduction in smoking rates? In Australia? How could the National Drug Strategy Household Survey get it so wrong? Unlike Quit Victoria who report a 25% decline, the National Drug Strategy Household … Continue reading

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