Tag Archives: Public Health

Fat chance scare tactics will trim us, Courier-Mail

In yesterday’s Courier-Mail, a senior Queensland health bureaucrat proposed graphic health warning labels be put on sugary, fatty and salty foods to help tackle obesity. The assumption behind using such labels is that because they worked in cutting smoking rates, … Continue reading

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Oh no! Australia not leading the world in nanny statism!

An opinion article in the Fairfax press criticises the failure to replicate the tactics used to cut tobacco consumption on sugary and fatty foods and drinks. First up the public health activists want new taxes on sugary drinks, and they’re using … Continue reading

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Both sides of politics should cease nanny-state meddling, The Australian

Stopping the assault on people’s freedom requires an attitudinal change to the role of government. Last week Nick Cater wrote on this page, in “Do-gooder laws nothing but a drag” (January 3), about the dodgy social economics of anti-tobacco advocates … Continue reading

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Should there be a minimum price on alcohol, Herald Sun

Minimum prices for alcohol are a tax on the poor and won’t deliver better health outcomes. Public health activists claim we need minimum prices because cheap booze contributes to obesity and violence. They claim the social costs of alcohol are … Continue reading

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No granny chic in nanny state shtick

Risk-averse paternalism makes for a perverse reversal of freedoms. The nanny state isn’t a cheap Tory slogan. It is a threat to our free, open, pluralist society. Chris Middendorp wrote on these pages last week, in justifying why governments should … Continue reading

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