…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Rudd’s last shreds of credibility are going up in the tobacco tax smoke. A cigar smoker, who employs a Cuban Ambassador as a carrier of duty free tobacco [Kevin Rudd – July 12, 2013: Being told that the Cuban ambassador was out of town, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said to his deputy: “Tell him to bring me back some cigars.”] decided he will save 15,000 lives a year by adding $5.25 to the price of a pack of cigarettes. One would have thought that that other Labor genius, Pliberserk, had already done it, by forcing tobacco companies to cover tobacco products by gory images of her body parts.
The new rudd-smoko-tax will bring the total the smokers are paying to the privilege to staggering $7 billion.
Now come the lies – Kevin Rudd says – July 31, 2013:
I say again, when it comes to cancer, treating cancer and smoking-related cancers costs the Australian taxpayer hundreds of millions of dollars each year and frankly these are funds which we have to raise from the taxpayer.
How much does smoking cost the country? Hundreds of millions, as the Prime Minister told us yesterday? $31 billion, as the ABC told us on the news last night? Is it a staggering $31.5 billion as news.com.au reported? Or about $35 billion as Latika Bourke told us at ABC online?
The beauty of shockonomics is that no figure is ever too large to persuade a gullible reporter that is time to get serious about a perceived social vice.
In fact*, according to a Treasury analysis Smokers cost the health system $318 million a year. It is easy to calculate the net gain for the Government.
*/ It could be much less than that. Whenever any form is filled at any medical establishement, questions are asked about smoking and smoking habits. One could be forgiven for believing that our public health burocrats, well knowing which side of a politicaly correct crepe has walnuts and honey, make sure that any treatment or death gets into the appropriate category.