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?

Publications

A Viable Option: A National Adoption Framework
Jeremy Sammut
06 June 2018 | PP4

Implementation of the National Child Protection Accountability Framework would correct the bias towards ‘early intervention and prevention’ — in isolation from other important policies and outcomes, especially permanency — evident in the existing National Framework introduced under the Rudd Government in 2009. The new national…

What’s happened to the University?
Frank Furedi, Marguerite Johnson, Steven Schwartz
05 February 2018 | OP163

Trigger warnings, cultural appropriation and safe spaces. Who decided to bestow guardian status to Australian universities? And why should we let this proliferation of politically correct ideals become the norm, prescribing, censoring or outright banning texts, gagging speech and curbing the exchange of ideas? “The…

Liberty and Surveillance: What should governments and private corporations know about you?
Tom Simpson
30 January 2018 | OP162

Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA hacked the internet as a key part of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence program. Since these revelations in 2013, legislation has largely served to give a secure legal backing to what was previously an undisclosed, covert and sometimes informal…

Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impacts 2015
11 August 2015

The CIS submission into the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry proposed two tightly targeted areas be changed: 1. That the Department of Health withdraw all financial support for the Health Star Rating system, including explanatory websites, public awareness campaigns, and studies of its effectiveness. 2. That the government…

Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impacts 2015
Helen Andrews, Barry Maley
11 August 2015 | CIS Submission

The CIS submission into the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry proposed two tightly targeted areas be changed: 1. That the Department of Health withdraw all financial support for the Health Star Rating system, including explanatory websites, public awareness campaigns, and studies of its effectiveness. 2. That the government…

Media & Commentary

The 2017 CIS Nanny State Awards
Steven Schwartz
13 December 2017 | THE SPECTATOR: FLAT WHITE

The Nannies, as we call the annual CIS awards, go to the government’s most absurd attempts to mind the private business of its citizens. Given that the entire government is…

Kiwis beat us again
Rebecca Weisser
31 March 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

It was bad enough that the Kiwis beat us by 24 runs to claim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy One Day International cricket series in February. And in the rugby … well,…

18C shouts obscenities at our freedom
Peter Kurti
03 March 2017 | Daily Telegraph

Months spent on a parliamentary inquiry set up by the Turnbull government to look at what needs to be done with Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 have…

Surrendering to PC no longer a political victory
Jeremy Sammut
10 February 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

The irony of Cory Bernardi’s defection from the Liberal Party should be acknowledged. The political shocks of 2016 have rocked the political establishment in Western democracies. Trump, Brexit, and the…

We want freedom of speech. And we want it now
Peter Kurti
03 February 2017 | Daily Telegraph

Pollies and elite media are finally getting the message: when it comes down to the views of ordinary Aussies, freedom of speech matters — and we don’t want to be…