The Nanny State


The state is supposed to set a framework in which people can live peacefully together. Recently, governments around the world have been inclined to go beyond this traditional role. Instead of issuing some basic rules in which we can live our lives as we please, they are now trying to prescribe specific ways of life. Can this ever be justified or are government nannies just infantilizing society?


  1. An Ounce of Prevention? A Toolkit for Evaluating Preventive Health Measures

    Helen Andrews | 26 Nov 2014 | Policy Monographs

    How can a policymaker predict whether a preventive health program will save money over the long term? These eight questions... Read More...

  2. Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government.... Read More...

  3. Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a... Read More...

  4. TARGET30: Reducing the burden for future generations

    David Murray AO, Maurice Newman, Simon Cowan | 01 Jul 2013 | Policy Forum

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government and cutting government spending to less than 30% of GDP in the next 10... Read More...

  5. After the Welfare State: Politicians Stole Your Future … You Can Get It Back

    Tom Palmer | 08 Apr 2013 | Occasional Papers

    History, economics, sociology, political science, and mathematics are the tools to understand and evaluate welfare states,... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. No ‘War on Christmas’ Here

    Helen Andrews | 15 Dec 2014 | Canberra Times

     To my great delight as an immigrant, there is no ‘War on Christmas’ in Australia.... Read More

  2. Be careful what you wish for: bans and censorship tend to bite the hand that voted for them

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 07 Jun 2014 | The Australian

    Culture is still being censored and there is a worthy fight to be had defending artists from the gag.... Read More

  3. Tighten the rules on welfare payments

    Peter Saunders | 08 Jun 2012 | ON LINE Opinion

    There is more to welfare reform than amalgamating the benefits.... Read More

  4. Child protection: generation lost by not being 'stolen'

    Jeremy Sammut | 05 Jun 2012 | The Drum

    It is incredibly simplistic and misleading to blame the serious problems many troubled children experience on the decision ... Read More

  5. Religious freedom must not be taken for granted

    Peter Kurti | 24 Feb 2012 | ABC Online

    The importance of religious belief is both derided and attacked in our public debates. Tony Abbott's Christian faith is often ... Read More

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  1. Helicopter parenting to protect G20 politicians

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 07 Nov 2014

    This is a great opportunity to showcase a little of our local culture — in this case our proud history of political protest....

  2. Stubbing out Carmen leaves smokescreen on money-go-round

    Trisha Jha | 10 Oct 2014

    With so much government money sloshing around, censoring the arts for fear of promoting something unsavoury is inevitably ...

  3. Don't Save the Charity Commission

    Helen Andrews | 03 Oct 2014

    An interesting letter arrived at the CIS office this week. Dr Andrew Leigh MP wrote to inform the Centre that ‘Kevin Andrews ...

  4. The political significance of the section 18C debacle

    Jeremy Sammut | 08 Aug 2014

    The Abbott government has sold out our democratic right to free speech to help itself politically with the ethnic lobbyists ...

  5. Salute to exceptionalism (not)

    David Gadiel | 24 Jan 2014

    Why do meddling bureaucracies think they need to save us from ourselves?...

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