Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 17/07/2001

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Tuesday July 17, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd., the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.

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Let me remind you of that crazy story that led yesterday's Dominion:

"Anti-smoking groups are set to lobby the Government to bar young people from attending movies portraying excessive smoking. It follows a push by the Australian Council on Smoking and Health to make Australia's federal government put age restrictions on films in which actors smoke excessively and unnecessarily. Labour MP Judy Keall, who chairs Parliament's health select committee, said such a move was in line with attempts in New Zealand to protect young people and their health from bad role models. ASH [Anti-Smoking Hysterics] director Trish Fraser said if possible the anti-smoking group would lobby the Government to include such a change in the Smokefree Environments Amendment Bill, which is before Parliament. ... Ms Fraser said hit films such as Titanic romanticised and glamorised smoking, and many were aimed at young people. 'It might make producers think about whether it was worth having smoking in a movie, if it meant that their audience was going to be restricted.'"

Let me also remind you that in this story, for the first time ever, the Libertarianz leader appeared on the front page of a major daily newspaper:

"Libertarianz leader Peter Cresswell said he was totally against the idea. 'I wouldn't be surprised if, in five years from now, you'll have ratings on movies with fatty foods in them. It'd be consistent - once you have the principle that the state can tell you how to behave, then it's only logical that they're going to tell you what films you can and can't watch.'"

In the discussion that ensued yesterday, a caller asked me who funds ASH & how many members they have? I checked, & found that 60% of ASH's money comes from you the taxpayer. (Do you think I'm making it up when I refer each day to bossyboot busybodies trying to run your lives with your money?) The rest comes from an annual appeal, charitable trusts, & ASH members, of whom there are about 350. These few people have enough clout with our current government to stand a reasonable chance of restricting the attendance by youngsters at movies in which the characters smoke. I suppose videos of these same movies will have similar age restrictions slapped on them, though I can't imagine how the government might deal with SKY TV's 24-hour classic movie channel where Humphrey Bogart can regularly be seen smoking up a storm. Movie police in every home, perhaps?

The whole idea is as idiotic as it is evil, but it's par for the course for this evil government & the evil lobbyists to whom it is in thrall. Mr Cresswell is right. Next thing there will be an Adults Only restriction on Coronation Street, on account of the Rover's Return's hot pots.

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