Why Taxing the "Bad Stuff" is a Stupid Idea

In the last week, the good ol’ Aussie government decided it was a brilliant idea to increase the tax on alcohol; ostensibly to reduce the health and social impacts of alcohol related [list of not very nice things that alcohol consumption leads to, such as family violence, a plethora of health issues, other violence, drunkards wandering onto streets and getting hit by cars, and, oh, the list goes on].

There are myriad articles on this idea, but here’s one I googled earlier so you can have a read, or you can google it yourself … but there’s a lovley little quite in the article I’ve cited that more coherently expresses the concept behind the push:

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