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Sniffer dogs at stage left: the NSW government’s war on festivals

Sniffer dogs at stage left: the NSW government’s war on festivals

Festivals are being priced out of existence by a government bent on avoiding bad PR. Crikey looks at the chaos in the festival industry.

Nanny state of affairs

Nanny state of affairs

Welcome to Side View — a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: George HW Bush's highs and lows, underwhelmed with wellness, another conservative party with a women problem, and who the hell watches Victoria's Secret shows?

Sugar tax unhelpful and unnecessary but try telling the nanny statists

Sugar tax unhelpful and unnecessary but try telling the nanny statists

Paternalists continue to demand sugar taxes despite clear evidence they don't work. But facts don 't matter to nanny statists.

Depressing news for the nanny state — alcohol consumption falls again

Depressing news for the nanny state — alcohol consumption falls again

As nanny statists look to demonise the "alcohol epidemic" in ever more dramatic terms, yet more evidence has emerged that Australians drink responsibly.

The powerful forces aligning against a sugar tax

The powerful forces aligning against a sugar tax

Who are the players in the sugar tax debate? And what's next?

Robots and codeine

Robots and codeine

Crikey readers respond to yesterday's edition.

Bizarre nanny state codeine policy an excruciating headache for taxpayers

Bizarre nanny state codeine policy an excruciating headache for taxpayers

The decision to ban consumers from managing pain with codeine will cost taxpayers, and is based on some bizarre assumptions.

Getting a sugar rush from controlling the poor

Getting a sugar rush from controlling the poor

For nanny statists, there'll always be another threat to exploit to impose controls on low-income people. The sugar tax is only the latest.

Sugar, oh, honey honey, I am the nanny state, and you’ve got me watching you

Sugar, oh, honey honey, I am the nanny state, and you’ve got me watching you

The dietary villain du jour is now sugar -- supposedly "the new tobacco". Except the facts fit uneasily with this new form of nanny statism.

Congratulations, Australia, you’re healthier than you think

Congratulations, Australia, you’re healthier than you think

Australians, who are among the healthiest people in the world, got markedly healthier during the 2000s, despite what the public health lobby says.