Category: Australia’s Nanny State

It’s quite an odd phrase to equate to politics. The word ‘nanny’ conjures up the image of a stout, grey-haired, whiny old woman pulling two school aged children by the ear, away from a splash-worthy puddle…for fear of them ‘catching the cold’ if they let their feet get wet.

Interestingly, that’s not too far from the truth…

A ‘nanny state’ refers to a government or policy that is considered to be enforcing unnecessary over-protection, and so too interferes with the freedom of personal choice.

This term has been used to refer to Australia’s federal and state governments and their policies. Aussie cities are considered to be ‘over-sanitised’, where personal responsibility can no longer be relied upon, and health and safety laws are more intense than ever before.

Apparently, it’s for our own good. We need measures to keep us safe from ourselves. Though all these new regulations seem to be doing nothing more than spark debate over the fact that ‘it’s not how it used to be’.

And it really isn’t.

Hop into your car, and you better make sure your seatbelt is correctly aligned. Failure to do so can result in a hefty fine, as well as demerit points. How dare you offend your driving privilege.

Doesn’t sound like your cup of tea? Then maybe a bicycle is the way to go. But don’t forget that helmet…you’re riding in one of just two nations where wearing a helmet at all times on a bike is the law.

Or perhaps you’d rather stay clear of the designated driver role all together, and live a life of alcohol-induced bliss. That’s fine, you still have the freedom to do that, but you need to have the funds to back up this dream. Alcohol in Australia is taxed at some of the highest rates in the entire world.

And if you choose to live this kind of life, you’ll end up pretty lonely. Restrictions on ‘drunk and disorderly behaviour’ in public places means you’ll be thrown out of an Aussie bar the moment you start to slur your words a little too much.

But if you live in Sydney, you’re likely never going to reach that sate of inebriation, considering the 10pm lockout laws.

But at least your hangover cravings won’t be too strong. The banning of junk food ads during prime time television means that delectable hamburger close-up will remain absent, meaning you won’t put yourself in danger of its harsh caloric amount…well, that’s the theory, anyway.

Yes, our policies are certainly disregarding the idea of thinking for ourselves and using common sense to make the right decisions.

Keep your eyes on this space for the latest updates on the growing ‘nanny-ness’ of our nation.