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Groups shouldn’t get special ‘rights’

I have an article in the Star Observer arguing why LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex, phew!)  Australians should support the repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

The discrimination lobby is trying to stir up sections of the community to stop the repeal on very dubious grounds. It needs to be Continue Reading →

Stockholm syndrome alive and well in Sweden

There’s some comfort knowing that the over-regulation collective madness of Australia isn’t isolated to our island continent. Sweden is now giving us a run for our money.

According to a report in Sweden’s English language newspaper their annually constructed ice hotel (literally made out of ice) has become the target of regulators. Their target? Installing “slippery when wet” signs? That’d be logical. No, the builders have been asked to install fire alarms in case it sets alight. According to the article:

While it might sound crazy that a building made of water needs to be equipped with fire alarms, the fact that the hotel is built from Continue Reading →

Marie Antoinette bureaucrats cry “Don’t let them eat quiche”!

If you ever wanted evidence that big government leads to small citizens, just take a look at the madness emanating out of the ACT’s health bureaucrats. According to a report, ACT bureaucrats want to ban any “high risk” food from being sold at community events.

What are the “high risk” foods? Box Jellyfish jelly? Stonefish with salad? Blue-ringed octopi with chips? If you guessed any of these things you’d be wrong, according to the report:

NOT content with interfering in fund-raising barbecues, the ACT government’s food safety bureaucrats have turned their attention to school fetes, telling parents they cannot sell their homemade quiches any more.

The government has this month enforced bans on a list of popular home-made dishes, telling parents they cannot sell foods it has labelled ”high risk”. That list includes spring rolls, casseroles or any other dishes containing meat or dairy, such as cakes containing custard or cream.

Astonishingly the article then goes on to identify that this proposal has been flagged despite:

ACT Health also [having] no data on food poisonings at school fund-raising events.

This is madness. Risk isn’t something to be avoided, it is something to be managed. The trade off from such a stupid proposal is that civil society is smashed for regulator’s piece of mind. It’s the perfect example of big government being the enemy of community.

From bipartisan consensus to not being put to the ballot


Last week the new Local Government Minster, Warren Truss, declared the abandoned local government referendum that would have led to Canberra controlling Councils was officially dead. According to the speech:

“after the bad taste left in everyone’s mouths, now is not the time to raise the referendum question again. The new government has no plans to put the issue back on the agenda”.

The announcement has been reported in the Herald Sun today.

This victory should not be under-stated. When the referendum was announced it enjoyed bipartisan support and polled Continue Reading →

Have health activists driven the obesity binge?

Are medical scientists and health activists one of the causes of expanding waistlines?

That’s the question that needs to be asked as there are increasing reports and advocates against excessive restrictions on fat in foods. This report covering an article written in the British Medical Journal argues:

There has been too much emphasis on fatty foods and not enough attention paid to Continue Reading →

“I didn’t choose to eat badly, it was the disease”

If it is possible for responsibility to become an even dirtier word when discussing people’s health, some academics have found a way to do it.

A shocking and deeply concerning article appeared in the Sunday Herald Sun yesterday about some academics calling for obesity to be diagnosed as a disease. According to the article:

Obese Australians would be treated as if they have a disease and have their dietitian, personal trainer and physiotherapist bills subsidised by Continue Reading →

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