The shocking footage of a Victorian pensioner being beaten outside his home by police has highlighted a festering blight that taints governance in this country, revealing some very dark truths about how we citizens can expected to be treated by those who wield the gun and the baton over us. Concerned for his welfare as he came off his pain medication, the carers of the pensioner, only identified as John, called the authorities and half a dozen police officers were dispatched. Despite the fact that John asked the officers to leave, saying he wanted to be left alone, the police told him that they would break down his door if he didn’t let them in. Once he unlocked the door, the police pepper sprayed him, dragged him out of his home and to the ground, beat his leg with a baton, and then six of them pinned him to the … Read the rest
Inevitably, when advocating for freedom of any kind, one is accused of being a champion of certain lifestyle choices or political attitudes. If you fight to protect freedom of speech for example, it is assumed that this means you’re a bigot or racist, because you believe that it’s more beneficial for society that bigots and racists are free to speak their minds without sanction by the state.
I suppose it’s easy to make such an assumption. On the face of it, it may seem that freedom of speech allows for the freedom of expression of all sorts of abominable opinions. After-all when people advocate for a cause, it means they are after a particular outcome and it often means minimising or suppressing opposing points of view.
But with freedom it’s different. Being for freedom means that you desire for individuals the freedom to think things or do things that you … Read the rest
If you were told that the Cancer Council along with the Australian Medical Association were campaigning for more cancer, you would want to know what the hell is going on. And yet judging by their stance on e-cigarettes, it would seem that is precisely what they are doing.
The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Use and Marketing of Electronic Cigarettes and Personal Vaporisers in Australia currently being held by the Standing Committee on Health Aged Care and Sport heard testimony last week from Dr John Bartone from the AMA. His stance and that of the AMA is that because we don’t know for sure that inhaling nicotine with vaporisers is 100% safe in the long run, then we should keep prohibition in place until exhaustive long-term studies have been done.
This might sound reasonable on the surface. After all how could the AMA endorse the use of a product that could … Read the rest
A gentleman by the name of Kent Heckenlively has been denied entry to Australia by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton for his ‘dangerous’ views on vaccination. Never heard of him? Not many people had until this recent ABC news report. Apparently Mr Heckenlively is an anti-vaccination advocate on a world tour, who planned to drop by and tell Australian parents that they should stop vaccinating their kids.
According to Peter Dutton, his views are ‘dangerous’ and are not in the national interest. No doubt Mr Heckenlively was planning to expound on all sorts debunked myths about how vaccinations cause autism or how measles is good for your immune system. As part of his tour, he would have visited a number of venues and spoken to groups of dyed-in-the-wool anti-vaxxers, as well as people who are just curious about vaccine dangers. He may very well have persuaded a few more people … Read the rest
Most of us have memories of walking to school. It was a small step towards independence on the long journey toward becoming an adult. We had to prove to our parents that we were capable of crossing the street properly, that we knew what to do in the event of stranger danger, and that we could be trusted to actually go to school. Along the way in early spring, many of us dodged swooping magpies, and yet we survived having grown from the experience. That experience is denied to today’s children.
It may come as a surprise to many, but in Queensland children are now banned from walking to school unaccompanied. Section 364a of Queensland’s criminal code states under the title “Leaving a child under 12 unattended”:
- A person who, having the lawful care or charge of achild under 12 years, leaves the child for an unreasonable time without making
Thomas Jefferson in 1776, said ‘We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.’
Oh, for such rights in Australia in 2017. In Western Australia, new Labor Premier Mark McGowan has called for the banning of full strength beer at the new Perth Stadium, even in the corporate boxes, which understandably hasn’t gone down very well. Newly elected Liberal Democratic MLC Aaron Stonehouse has publicly called out the Premier and labelled his move as ‘peak nanny state’. He highlighted the availability of full strength beer, wine and spirits at Parliament House to the MLAs, MLCs and public servants who are … Read the rest
Justin Campbell discusses the Queensland Government’s back down on 1am lockout laws.
Today Annastacia Palaszczuk MP announced that Queensland will not go ahead with a scheduled 1am lock out, instead choosing to introduce mandatory scanning of ids.
LibertyWorks congratulates Keep Queensland Open and No Curfew on a successful campaign. Lockout laws are collective punishment for the crimes a few. People have the right to enjoy a night out with their friends with government interference.
The recent resignation of Mike Baird should be a warning to all governments of the consequences of pursuing heavy handed nanny state policies.
The announcement by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) that pharmaceutical products that contain codeine will no longer be available over the counter in 2018 has been met with resistance by the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) and many ordinary Australians who rely on these medications for self management of pain. Medications containing codeine will be Schedule 4 drugs as of February 2018 meaning that for people to obtain them, they will have to get a prescription from a GP. The main reason cited is that codeine is unsafe and addictive for certain people and that because of this, there is a potential for abuse.
This reasoning is faulty and it assumes that making a substance harder to obtain will somehow prevent people becoming addicted to it. If this were the case, then there wouldn’t be people who are addicted to drugs that are already only available by prescription like Valium … Read the rest
Last week the good people at Centre for Authoritarian Ideas (otherwise known as the Grattan Institute) released a report suggesting that Australia should have a sugar tax. The Grattan Institute said in its media release:
“The best option is an excise tax of 40 cents per 100 grams of sugar, on all non-alcoholic, water-based drinks that contain added sugar.
Such a tax would increase the price of a two-litre bottle of soft drink by about 80 cents, raise about $500 million a year, and generate a fall of about 15 per cent in the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, as consumers switched to water and other drinks not subject to the new tax.
Obesity costs Australian taxpayers more than $5.3 billion a year. Obese people are more likely to go to doctors and be admitted to hospital more often than other people. They are also more likely to be unemployed and … Read the rest