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Nanny State Rules The Last Thing Australians Need

2018 was less than a day old when the nanny staters lobbed their first salvo.

The Age published two separate articles in their support on 1 January.

Both argued that Australians need further government intrusion to keep us safe from ourselves.

Not in our cars, where Australia already has draconian laws in place. Like the laws which demand a huge payment along with demerit points against your driving ‘privilege’ if you choose to drive without your shoulder strap in place. A ‘crime’ which risks only yourself.

And not in the bottle shop, where Aussie alcohol is already taxed at some of the highest rates in the world.

Nor were they concerned about bicycles. They’ve got that box nicely ticked off. Australia is one of only two nations (New Zealand is the other) to require all riders to wear helmets…under penalty of the law.

The nanny staters also held fire on tobacco. They take solace, perhaps, from the fact excise taxes will soon see a pack of smokes going for $40. And never mind the financial impact on those who choose to smoke. Or the fact the sky–high price is fuelling a rampant black market in cigarettes.

Sugar tax? Why not…

No, the nanny staters decided to kick off the New Year with a fresh stab at…sugar.

That’s right. Apparently, we just can’t stop ourselves from consuming sugar irresponsibly without government guidance…in the form of hefty new sin taxes.

The first article in The Age noted that your ‘sugar “craving” might really be an addiction’.

It went on to state that with ‘high sugar’ diets, your memory may be impaired. And your teeth, of course, will fall out as your waistline expands.

The second article then explained how Australians can’t be trusted to make the best decisions for their own health. Like kids in a candy store, we’ll stuff our faces until we’re obese and diseased.

A tax on sugar, they’d have you believe, ‘is long overdue’.

Undoubtedly, some people choose to make poor health decisions, like eating a box of donuts and spending all day on the couch.

Yet at the end of the day, those are their decisions to make.

But don’t expect the nanny staters to let this one go. Their proposed sugar tax will rear its ugly head again and again.

And if it’s ever passed, the do-gooders might well turn their attention to water.

Not the swimming kind. They already advocate for greater government imposed restrictions to ensure everyone swims safely.

But the drinking kind. Drinking too much water can be fatal, after all. It’s called hyponatremia, or water intoxication. And it claims more than a dozen lives each year.

Government, please help…we’re feeling thirsty!

Bernd Struben

Bernd Struben

Bernd Struben is the lead editor at The Australian Tribune. Bernd makes use of his extensive network to bring you the top stories you need to know about each day. Stories the mainstream may miss. Or bury somewhere you’re unlikely to ever read them. Bernd studied aerospace engineering and journalism at the University of Michigan, before graduating with a degree in economics. Over the past two decades he’s worked in media, management, and finance in the US, the Caribbean, Europe, and Australia. His other role, as the editor of the Port Phillip Insider, puts him in a unique position to read Australia’s most exclusive financial advice. Some of which he shares with readers of The Australian Tribune for free.
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