Australian Bureau of Statistics

Looks like the Aussie are going to repeal the plain packaging law

Oh dear, it looks like the Libs are going to have a crack at repealing the plain packaging laws that has landed Australian in a WTO court case.

On top of that they are also going to roll back other nanny state laws.

COALITION backbenchers want to repeal the tobacco plain packaging laws, warning that the policy reflects Labor?s ?addiction to nanny state policies? such as the alcopops tax and FuelWatch.

As public-health advocates yesterday debated industry figures showing a 0.3 per cent rise in tobacco sales under plain packaging, revealed in?The Australian, Liberal MP Alex Hawke likened the initia?tive to other ?nanny state? policies that Labor pursued, ?even when it appeared they wouldn?t work?.

?I think our policy should be evidence-based and where governments get the best bang for their buck; that is on individual responsibility, rather than big government,? Mr Hawke said. He said the tobacco policy had failed and it should ?absolutely? be revisited.

Queensland Nationals MP George? Christensen said this week that plain packaging signalled an ?inch-by-inch encroachment into our personal lives?. Read more »

Going to custard in Australia?

As the good economic news keeps on rolling in in New Zealand spare a thought for our ANZAC cousins reeling under the legacy of a corrupt Labor government.

Tony Abbot sure has some work to do.

The poor labour force figures for December,?released?today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), have taken the toll on the Australian Dollar (AUD), with the local currency slumping 88.04 US cents as at 1.20pm a three-and-a-half year low.? Read more »