Read the latest contribution to public debate from the Queensland Parliament’s Health and Ambulance Services Committee, and weep for our lost freedoms.
The key recommendation from the report is that “the Tobacco and other Smoking Products (Extension of Smoking Bans) Amendment Bill 2015 be passed.”
The bill proposes to ban:
- smoking within 5 metres of all state government buildings
- smoking at skate parks
- smoking at public swimming pools
- smoking at all transport waiting areas and pedestrian malls
- the sale of cigarettes from a vehicle and at ‘pop up’ sales venues
The public space allowed for one of Australia’s most unpopular minorities grows smaller and smaller.
But don’t despair, the committee did consider the quaint notion of the “Rights and Liberties of Individuals”. The authors of the report even provided this helpful little definition of the word ‘liberty’:
The concept of liberty requires that an activity (including business activity) should be lawful unless there is a sufficient reason to declare it unlawful by an appropriate authority.
Not a definition you’ll find reading Mill or Bastiat. No surprises it lost out against competing priorities.