MEDIA RELEASE: THE AUSTRALIAN TAXPAYERS’ ALLIANCE CALLS FOR EXPANSION OF VICTORIAN EXCLUSION ZONE PLANS

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance today applauded the announcement by the Victorian Government that “buffer zones” will be legislated to prevent persons offering pamphlets within 150 meters of abortion clinics, and called for this principle to be extended to protect all political groups.   “We applaud the Victorian Government for outlawing freedom of speech and freedom of assembly when it may potentially hurt someone’s feelings” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. “While laws already exist to prevent intimidation, ...

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Credit Card Rates to Rise Under RBA’s Nanny State Plan

CREDIT CARD RATES TO RISE UNDER RESERVE BANK’S NANNY STATE PLAN The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance and the International Alliance for Electronic Payments (IAEP) today released a joint analysis arguing that the Reserve Bank of Australia be prevented from banning interchange fees. In a joint submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics, Mr Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, and Mr Iain Murray of the (IAEP), warned that further regulating interchange fees will hurt consumers and force interest rates to go up. ...

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First Victory: Mal Brough MP to Publish All Taxpayer-Funded Travel Online!

The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance has been heavily campaigning all week for all MPs and Senators to place their travel funding online  - and we are delighted to learn that The Hon Mal Brough MP has taken the lead and published all his office's taxpayer-funded travel details on his website!  This is an excellent initiative and we eagerly hope that all other MPs and Senators will shortly follow suit! Yesterday, Senator Bob Day also endorsed the ATA's position on travel entitlement transparency,  and we note that Senator James McGrath has also been a long-standing ...

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The ONLY way we can stop politicians’ travel rorts

Another day, another travel scandal. Bronwyn Bishop was forced to resign as speaker for her use of a chopper, but this was just the latest in year after year of abuse. Mark Dreyfus used taxpayer funds for a family ski trip in 2013. Julia Gillard had taxpayers pay for a VIP jet to attend a friend’s wedding. Just yesterday we learned that Tony Burke MP used taxpayer funds for a family holiday to Uluru. The list goes on and on and on – and these are only the ones we’ve been able to find out about! And every time we are promised that the problem will be fixed. ...

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Media Release: Transparency The Only Solution To Prevent Entitlement Abuse

Media Release: Transparency The Only Solution To Prevent Entitlement Abuse The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance today launched a new campaign calling for all politicians to publish their travel, its cost, and its purpose on an easily accessible website within 7 days of it being taken “Every year there is another travel scandal, and every year politicians promise to fix the system – but nothing ever changes” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. “You won’t end our politicians’ age of entitlement by tweaking the ...

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If You Don’t Eat Your Meat, They Can’t Have Their Taxes

Michelle Minton from the Washington DC based Competitive Enterprise Institute, has a great post up on our taxpayer funded multimillion dollar nanny state industry's latest proposal: the meat supertax. It's well worth a read in full, particularly how it demolishes both the health argument: "While there is evidence that eating a plant-based diet (specifically, the Mediterranean plant-heavy diet) is great for health, grain-based diets appear harmful to human  health (specifically, non-traditionally prepared processed grains). What are the chances that Aussies will turn ...

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Bloodsucking Leeches Call For Meat Tax

Australia's taxpayer funded multi-million dollar nanny state lobby has long led the world in not just its authoritarian bullying, but the sheer breadth of its proposals. From calling for food rationing through to arguing that plain packaging for, well, everything, is "a fundamental human right", it seems that Australia's neo-wowsers will stop at nothing until we recreate Nicolae Ceaușescus Romania. However, at times the sheer audacity of the industry surprises even me, as was the case with an article today by two taxpayer funded "sustainability" academics from ...

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Taxpayers Reject GST Tax Hike

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance today condemned calls for an increase in the Goods and Services Tax to pay for more Federal & State Government overspending. “Australia does not have a revenue problem. It has an overspending problem” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. “Our taxes have skyrocketed the last ten years – the last thing struggling Aussie families need is yet another tax hike. “In 2008, the Federal Government collected $292 billion in revenue. This year, Joe Hockey will raise a staggering $400 ...

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Take A Stand For Academic Freedom!

  Academic Freedom in Australia is in grave danger – and we need to act now before it is too late. Last week, cowed by a shrill vocal minority of far-left activists, the University of Western Australia cancelled its contract with internationationally renown academic Bjørn Lomborg to establish a leading research centre to apply cost-benefit analysis to development projects . For daring to apply evidence to public policy, Bjørn Lomborg was hounded out of our universities. What have we become? Academic freedom is at the heart of any university. To ...

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