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Australia: One hundred and fifty ways the nanny state is good for us

Anyone who supports rules and regulations that make products safer or improve public health can expect to come under attack, says Professor Simon Chapman from Sydney University. Critics argue these measures restrict freedom and are turning the country into a “nanny state,” he says.

“But scratch the surface and you’ll discover nanny state critics are frequently backed by powerful vested interests like the tobacco industry arguing against plain packaging on cigarettes….”

Professor Chapman lists 150 examples showing the vital role and importance of health protection and promotion in preserving health and well-being in Australia today. These include building regulations, smoke alarms, swimming pool fences, or food allergy labelling.

Read more: The Conversation, 2 July 2013

Published on July 20, 2013 in Australian news