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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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Are the Panama Papers really such a scandal?

Nanny State | Chris Berg
The Drum 12th April, 2016

What, exactly, is the scandal with the Panama Papers? You might have read in Time that it "could lead to capitalism's great crisis" and the...

Is cultural appropriation the bogeyman it's made out to be?

Nanny State | Chris Berg
The Drum 22nd December, 2015

A spectre is haunting the planet: the spectre of cultural appropriation. To appropriate symbols from cultures that are not one's own is apparently...

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...


Cigars and the Plain Packaging Effect

IPA REVIEW | Chris Berg

In the 176 page report into smoking produced by the Preventative Health Taskforce - which Labor used as a blueprint for plain packaging-cigars are mentioned just twice. Once, buried in a footnote to a graph showing declining smoking rates across...

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...