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A core focus of the Institute of Public Affairs is examining paternalist government regulation. Much contemporary social regulation is designed to shield individuals from voluntary risk-taking behaviour. However, having the government assume the role of risk manager is damaging to the principle of individual responsiblity.

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Alcohol and the nanny state inquiry: This isn't just about money

Nanny State | Chris Berg
The Drum 14th October, 2015

It's one of the most cited numbers in Australian politics: alcohol costs Australia $36 billion every year in preventable death, illness, inquiry...

A single drink puts media over the limit

Nanny State | Chris Berg
The Drum 20th April, 2015

Tony Abbott skolled a beer this weekend. The Australian press made sure this skol received the hyperbolic, wall-to-wall coverage it deserved. No...

Give cigarette pack laws the chop chop

Nanny State | Simon Breheny
The Daily Telegraph 14th January, 2015

Tobacco plain packaging laws have been an expensive, illiberal waste of time. It has restricted the right of companies to market legal products and...

Heavy-handed welfare state attacks the most vulnerable

Nanny State | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 9th August, 2014

The major risk of a growing welfare state is the threat of overzealous paternalism applied to welfare recipients. Curiously, a key Abbott...

Attack on tobacco availability in ACT is wrong and sure to fail

Deregulation Unit and Nanny State | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 19th April, 2014

Recent proposals for tobacco control are another instance in a long line of paternalistic, yet futile, attempts by political elites to force their...

Dud tax proves nanny does not know best

Nanny State | Aaron Lane
The Australian 20th February, 2014

The nanny state's experiment with behavioural taxation has failed. Such taxes are causing countless unintended consequences without achieving their...


Australia is a Nanny State: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Paternalistic government policies have led to Australia becoming a Nanny State, according to a new submission from the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA today is appearing in Canberra before the Senate Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community...

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impact

SUBMISSION | Morgan Begg, Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Australia has a long history of paternalism. We invented the word ‘wowser' to describe everything from early closing to restrictions on mixed-sex bathing. Historically, paternalism has been justified on mixture of moral, religious and social...

New research shows benefits of hostile senate: Pages of legislation passed declines by 43 per cent over 2 years

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

The hostile Senate has helped slow the growth of government in Australians' lives, with the number of pages of Commonwealth legislation being passed declining for the second year in a row, according to new research released today by the Institute...