Researchers in Auckland University have released a study advocating a 20 per cent tax on fizzy drinks arguing the tax could save 67 lives.
As governments consider implementing laws which would force internet companies to collect data on citizens, the editors of Bloomberg have posted an insightful article explaining the concerning economic repercussions of such measures:
This is a bad idea for all the usual reasons protectionism is a bad idea: It will obstruct the free flow of trade (in this case, Continue Reading →
A new UK Labour proposed amendment has made it an offence for a driver to “fail to prevent smoking in their privately owned vehicles when children are present”. The bill was passed by parliament with a majority of 269 with Conservative MPs given a conscience vote on the matter. The new law is not without its Continue Reading →
The Queensland government has introduced a new bill to crack down on “out of control” parties.
Under the new measures organisers of a party could potentially face a year in jail or a $12,100 fine.
For some Australians swearing is a natural part of their colloquial speech.
However, under new measures announced by Barry O’Farrell, the use of such language in public will be met with even harsher penalties. Police officers will soon be able to issue on-the-spot fines of up to $500 to anyone who uses Continue Reading →
At the centre of the Liberal Party’s beliefs is a commitment to inalienable rights such as freedom of speech and association. The idea that a party supposedly committed to liberalism would try ban a political party from identifying as ‘liberal’ is as ironic as it is Continue Reading →
Today in the Australian Financial Review the IPA’s John Roskam has an excellent piece calling for an end to the “cotton wool culture” endemic within schools:
Children are wrapped up in metaphorical cotton wool and are protected from the risk of physical harm or psychological distress. The inevitable result is that Continue Reading →
In recent years we’ve seen experts recommend government crackdowns on all sorts of issues that posed an apparent threat. Now public health advocates want to clampdown on a new danger Continue Reading →
Recently ABC1’s 7.30 ran a report on the apparent dangers excessive amounts of screen time can have on children’s development. Some health sociologists went as far as comparing it to a drug addiction.
“Experts” tell us that ‘screen addiction’ is an emerging issue demanding the immediate Continue Reading →
Regular readers of FreedomWatch would know that we have previously voiced our concerns regarding the Newman government’s new anti-gang laws. The laws, labelled the “toughest in the nation“, limit an individual’s ability to Continue Reading →