Has Australia become a nanny state?

HAS Australia become a nanny state?

I don't see how anyone could answer this question with a 'no'.

The public is constantly hit with taxes, warnings and legislation to abide by.

Don't smoke!

Make sure you exercise!

Wear hi-viz!

Australia is slowly becoming a cotton-wool country, but is it for the better?

I'm on the fence when it comes to the government, of any level, stepping in and telling citizens how to act.

But when we as a nation are ranking near the top for obesity levels and skin cancer, maybe it's a sign we need reminders to do basic things like slip, slop, slap and exercise for half an hour a day.

When the effects of smoking are felt by the community and the taxpayer, I say bring on more taxes, regulations and warnings for cigarettes.

But where will this lead Australia in decades to come when it seems we have already become allergic to anything that may harm us or make us liable.

Which would you prefer?

A country wrapped in cotton-wool with less deaths and injuries or a country with less regulations but the potential risk of more injuries or death?



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