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Chapman: sorry, Gerard, I actually am an authority on health

Chapman: sorry, Gerard, I actually am an authority on health

February 23, 2015 35 Comments

University of Sydney Professor of Public Health Simon Chapman hits back at his fans in The Australian.

Questions around the medicalisation of kicking the habit

February 22, 2012

Two current British government campaigns pull no punches about urging all smokers trying to quit to use drugs. One puts it bluntly: “Don’t go cold turkey.” Another poster on display in the nation’s waiting rooms says: “There are some people who can go cold turkey and stop smoking. But there aren’t many of them.” That […]

Wind farms, the Waubra Foundation and a post-office box

Wind farms, the Waubra Foundation and a post-office box

February 9, 2012 6 Comments

Senator John Madigan is due to call for a total moratorium on all wind farm development while the rest of the world reached a record level of output, with wind now contributing 3% of the world’s electricity generation.

Why do researchers help conference organisers make big bucks?

November 15, 2011 10 Comments

So why do public sector experts give up their valuable time to effectively donate their time and expertise to for-profit companies such as IIR?

Latest wind farm research is a load of hot air

October 14, 2011 26 Comments

The various organisations that are at the forefront of wind farm opposition recently published eight papers in a special edition of an allegedly peer-reviewed journal you could be excused from never having heard of.

The web of vested interests behind the anti-wind farm lobby

The web of vested interests behind the anti-wind farm lobby

October 13, 2011 135 Comments

A network analysis of links between the principal voices involved in demonising wind farms in Australia has been circulating in recent weeks and reveals connections between some of the principal wind farm opponents.

Tobacco boss’s struggle with arithmetic

August 11, 2011

When it comes to counterfeit or duty not paid packs, how would they actually know?

Windfarms will make your children hate school, apparently

Windfarms will make your children hate school, apparently

July 6, 2011 9 Comments

The lobby group at the centre of promoting the idea that windfarms cause disease, the Waubra Foundation, last week moved its aggression needle up several notches by sending this melodramatic “Explicit Cautionary Notice” to Australia’s wind energy companies and putting them on notice.

Factoids and legal bollocks in war against plain packaging

June 9, 2011 22 Comments

With the passage of the government’s bill on plain packaging now assured, an ever-desperate tobacco industry is now concentrating on the legal apocalypse that they say will descend on Australia through the courts.

BAT’s ad campaign against plain packs: pull the other one

May 30, 2011 9 Comments

The government’s plain packaging proposal allows brand names: packs won’t all have just "cigarettes" on them.