"A trap is a girl with a penis lol"
A trap is something you should keep shut, son.
Special mention to David Leyonhjelm for his speech in the Australian senate today, declaring that the Tobacco Tax is not about health but about making money from those who should instead be enjoying the freedom to smoke.
Amazingly, he’s right! It is about money, the government has earned roughly $8bn in the last 12 months from the Tobacco tax. However, Senator Leyonhjelm ignored the actual cost of Tobacco use on the health system. In 2004-2005 it was estimated to cost Australia $31.5bn a year, Victorian Health have since estimated overall costs (including absenteeism from work) to be $5.05bn a year. Btw, ‘Economic cost’ in this context is a term representing ‘opportunity cost’, or money given up on an opportunity when it isn’t taken, so the Senator calling them explicitly ‘social costs’ is incredibly misleading.
The increase in illegal tobacco smuggling HAS increased, as the Senator points out, to 183 tonnes as of the latest Customs Annual Report. The increase was 3% from 2012-13, however, it fell 32% from 2010-2011 to 2011-2012.
You may apologise to smokers all you want, but the fact still remains that the cost on all Australians of removing the Tobacco tax would be far greater than tax itself. The fall in percentage of smokers from 15% to 13% in roughly 3 years since the 25% excise rise means less Australians are having to suffer from the health impacts of smoking and it reduces the future economic cost on our health system.
From the NDSHS 2013 Data
When Government funding of health expenditure fell 0.9% last year, why would you decide to oppose a tax which has proven to decrease the number of smokers and the economic burden on our health system? THEN, you decide to compare it to prohibition and the war on drugs? ‘Logic is bad, mmkay?’
Reasons abortion should be fully covered on all insurance plans:
- If you can’t afford an abortion, you definitely can’t afford a pregnancy
- If you can’t afford an abortion, and are forced to carry a pregnancy to term anyway, you sure as hell can’t afford a child
Who the fuck do you think you’re really protecting here?