Nanny State

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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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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...

End the cotton wool culture for kids

Ideas & Liberty and Nanny State | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 31st January, 2014

A lot of nonsense has been written lately about young people, alcohol and violence. But there's one particular bit of nonsense that stands out....

Neo-prohibition isn't the answer to violent crime

Ideas & Liberty, Food and Nanny State | Chris Berg
The Drum 21st January, 2014

It wouldn't be a moral panic without demands that the government do something. And so it is with the alcohol-fuelled violence panic that swept New...

A nanny state on IR policy is the Liberal choice

Work Reform and Productivity Unit and Nanny State | Chris Berg
The Drum 27th August, 2013

In politics, sometimes it's best not to go into detail. This is the lesson Eric Abetz learned after he explained part of the Coalition's industrial...

Advocates of a nanny state assume we are all children

Economics & Deregulation, Deregulation Unit and Nanny State | Tim Wilson
Courier Mail 13th May, 2013

Nanny state critics understand that incremental attacks on our freedom to choose are single steps down a longer road to remove individual choice...

Fat chance scare tactics will trim us

Health, Food and Nanny State | Tim Wilson
Courier Mail 28th February, 2013

In yesterday's Courier-Mail, a senior Queensland health bureaucrat proposed graphic health warning labels be put on sugary, fatty and salty foods...

Censorship standards come from a personal place

Ideas & Liberty, Deregulation Unit and Nanny State | Chris Berg
The Drum 26th February, 2013

The United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart gave this famously ambiguous definition for what constitutes pornography: "I know it when I...

Both sides of politics should cease nanny-state meddling

Ideas & Liberty and Nanny State | Tim Wilson
The Australian 8th January, 2013

Stopping the assault on people's freedom requires an attitudinal change to the role of government. Last week Nick Cater wrote on this page, in...

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