Rules like this one raise the question – how did the parents of today’s children possibly survive their Continue Reading →
State governments are getting increasingly desperate to seem like they are responding to a populist perception of increasing violence in pubs and clubs. The O’Farrell government in New South Wales has been talking tough on tackling random assaults that are happening in Sydney’s notorious Kings Cross. Now Hospitality Minister George Souris is introducing Continue Reading →
LDP senator-elect David Leyonhjelm uses his AFR column today to shatter some of the biggest tobacco tax myths. My favourite is about smokers’ burden on the health system ($):
The claim that smokers hurt non-smokers indirectly by claiming more than their fair share of government spending is wrong. The evidence suggests that by dying earlier, smokers save the public purse. Smokers receive fewer years of age pension payments and incur lower lifetime public health costs than non-smokers.
A 2008 Dutch study found Continue Reading →
Police and politicians wanted anti-bikie laws that attacked the fundamental human right to free association because it would be easier for the police to do their job. Now they want to attack the free exchange of goods and services.
The extent of Nanny State overkill is not limited to our fair shores, as a young mother in Canada discovered last year.
Sending her two young children to a child care centre – complete with a lunchbox of sumptuous roast beef, potatoes, carrots, milk and oranges – Kristen Bartkiw received a fine from the centre at the end of the day. The reason: the banquet-in-a-lunchbox supposedly did not meet the province’s laws, which oblige Continue Reading →
It’s now illegal to smoke in your own home in one Californian town. The ban applies to apartments that share walls with other residences. The new ordinance is based on one of the flimsiest arguments I’ve ever heard – cigarette smoke might seep through the walls and into the apartment next door.
Apart from being completely ridiculous, the attempt to ban adults from smoking cigarettes in their own home also points to a much more serious long-term trend. Nanny State crusaders didn’t stop at banning smoking in restaurants. They didn’t stop at banning smoking in bars and pubs. They didn’t stop after the tobacco excise was introduced and then Continue Reading →
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 →
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