Topic archives: Nanny State

Plain packaging for junk food? Health experts call for government intervention

September 19, 2012 4

Charis Palmer writes: Australia should consider a healthy food rebate, tax on sugary drinks, and regulated portion sizes argue health experts, as New York pushes ahead with government regulation to address the obesity epidemic. The New York City health commissioner behind a proposed cap on the container size of sugary soft drinks has argued government […]

On Tobacco Nanny, paternalism and public health

On Tobacco Nanny, paternalism and public health

June 16, 2011 6

As regular Croakey readers may know, I come out in hives when people start invoking warnings of a “Nanny State”. Often those waving the Nanny flag have some vested interest in flogging illness-producing products, like cigarettes, alcohol or junk food. Entirely predictably, the tobacco industry has trotted out Nanny as part of its campaign against […]

Memo to Perth’s mayor: get with the evidence on public health and alcohol

October 26, 2010 14

During a debate with Tony Abbott at the University of Sydney last year, public health advocate Professor Mike Daube took us on an historical tour of “the Nanny State”. He told us that while a Spectator column by conservative British MP Ian Macleod is credited for coining the pejorative term, Nanny’s spirit was around long […]

The Nanny Paradox, income management and what public health experts think of it all

November 30, 2009 2

I have written a piece for Crikey today about the Nanny Paradox – how “Nanny” has been strangely absent from public discussions about Federal plans to extend the reach of income management. Those who usually scream “Nanny State” whenever there’s talk of public health action to tackle problems like obesity, binge drinking etc have kept […]

Don’t believe the Nanny-pushers – this is the “must read” report in health

September 2, 2009 2

It was entirely predictable that yesterday’s launch of the National Preventative Health Strategy – which you can download here in all its glorious weight – would provoke cries of the Nanny State. (In fact I predicted it several weeks ago in this Crikey article which explores something of the history of the term, as well […]

Moving beyond the Nanny State debate in public health

July 2, 2009

The debate last night between public health advocate Professor Mike Daube and former health minister Tony Abbott – Welcome back nanny? Civil liberties vs the public good – was much tamer than I’d been anticipating.  I have written a piece about the Nanny State for today’s Crikey bulletin. But here is an extract from Daube’s speech […]