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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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Way too much fuss over a simple T-shirt

Nanny State | Georgina Downer
The Age 7th September, 2016

This week Target became the latest target of the politically correct warriors. Target's crime of political correctness was to sell a T-shirt. A...

The Greens soft drinks tax: illiberal, ineffective, regressive

Nanny State | Matthew Lesh
The Spectator Australia 22nd June, 2016

This Greens' proposed soft drink tax is not only an affront to individual choice, it would do little to address obesity and, in practice, amounts...

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...

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...

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