Media Release: Senator Speaks Sense On Smoking!

David Leyonhjelm Thanks Smokers By on 1 October 2014


Senator Speaks Sense On Smoking

Click HERE for this media release in pdf format
Click HERE for  a copy of Senator Leyonhjelm’s Speech

Taxpayer advocates today praised Senator David Leyonhjelm (Liberal Democratic Party) for revealing the inconvenient truth about tobacco taxes and for bravely saying “thank you for smoking.”

Senator Leyonhjelm today debunked the myth that smokers are a drain on the public health system, illuminating a yearly tobacco tax haul nearly 17 times larger than the cost of smoking-related illness and fires combined.

“Australia has as many smokers as trade union members, but I can’t think of the last time someone stood up for smokers in the Federal Parliament” said Lara Jeffery, Director of MyChoice Australia, an activist group dedicated to individual freedoms, personal responsibility, and winding back the nanny state.

“We all have the right to control our bodies and our purchases, even if other people disagree with our choices. Thank you David for defending the rights of all, not just the privileged and connected” concluded Ms Jeffery.

“We commend Senator Leyonhjelm  for drawing attention to the simple fact that smokers pay close to twenty times in taxation their net healthcare costs” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Australia’s largest taxpayer advocacy organisation.

“The research is clear – lifestyle taxes are the most regressive of any taxes, punishing those who can afford it least and Australia is set to have the highest tobacco prices in the world.

“The continued use of concocted and thoroughly discredited “social cost” figures to justify increased taxation shows the ethical bankruptcy of politicians addicted to tax and spend policies.

“Continued efforts to gouge smokers to pay for wasteful overspending is morally unacceptable.   We agree entirely with Senator Leyonhjelm: Instead of trying to squeeze more money out of smokers, our politicians should quit their own filthy habit – spending other people’s money.”

Neither the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance nor MyChoice Australia receive any funding from the tobacco industry.

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Update: Here’s the video of Senator Leyonhjelm’s speech:


Newest in ACT Taxpayer Funding: Kill Climate Deniers

By on 1 October 2014

From the Territory that bought you Hindenboob Disaster, comes the latest in news you just won’t believe isn’t from the satirical publication The Onion.

In the latest round of taxpayer funding doled out by the ACT government comes the following line item:

  • Aspen Island Theatre Company: $18,793 to assist with costs of the creative development of a new theatre work, ‘Kill Climate Deniers’.

That is correct. The ACT taxpayer is funding the development of a work called “Kill Climate Deniers”.

Academics and activists have previously seriously argued that climate change deniers be executed, imprisoned,  locked up, after being arrested and brought before a “Climate Nuremberg” , so this is hardly outside the bounds of what the left believe in.

And of course, there’s always a chance it’s a comedy satirising the radical left (although somehow I doubt it). But either way, is this really

h/t The Climate Skeptics


ACT Transparency Bill Leap Forward For Taxpayers

States and Commonwealth Should Follow Suit By on 24 September 2014

Media Release
ACT Transparency Bill Leap Forward For Taxpayers; States and Commonwealth Should Follow Suit

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance today welcomed the introduction of the Government Procurement (Transparency in Spending) Bill 2014 in the ACT Legislative Assembly allowing for greater transparency in government spending through the creation of online transparency portals.

“We applaud Alistair Coe MLA, Shadow Minister for Planning & Infrastructure; Transport; Urban Services; and Heritage for taking this initiative to increase transparency and granting taxpayers’ the right to know how government spends their money” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance

“The Australian Taxpayers’ has campaigned for the creation of online transparency portals since our inception. In 2012 we published the detailed research paper, Fiscal Transparency for Australian Governments in the 21st Century.

“Transparency portals have been introduced around the world with spectacular results. The evidence is overwhelming: They are proven to save money, reduce corruption, stop waste, and lead to better government.

“While we hope the scope of reportable information is expanded in the future, and the success of any transparency website hinges on successful implementation, with a user-friendly, easily-searchable, easily accessible online portal, this nevertheless represents a huge leap forward for transparency in Australia.

“Mr Coe has shown exceptional leadership in this area, and it is time other states, and the Commonwealth Government, follows suit and introduces similar legislation.

“Transparency is not a party political issue. Transparency is not a matter of right or left – it is a matter of right or wrong. As such, the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance strongly urges bipartisan support for this bill and the introduction of similar measures in other Australian jurisdictions.

Australia Institute’s Lies Exposed

By on 15 September 2014

The far-left Australia Institute’s campaign against the Australian mining industry has been thoroughly discredited as using “massive economic deception” .

A comprehensive analysis by the former Secretary of the New South Wales Treasury has revealed the claim that the mining industry receives $17.6 billion of subsidies from state and territory governments as a   “flawed analysis”, “distorted understanding” and “just plain wrong”.

This is long overdue – the dishonesty of the Australia Institute’s campaign has been widely known, and it is a welcome relief that their deception and concocted figures have finally been exposed for the bunk they are.

The Minerals Council of NSW concludes:

Whether the errors and distortions uncovered by Michael Schur were made wilfully or in ignorance, it is now indisputably clear that the Australia Institute is little more than the research arm of the greens party. Its analysis of the mining sector cannot be trusted.

You can read the full report here.

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