Nanny state capital of the world: Another day, another rule in ‘carefree’ Australia as smoking is banned OUTSIDE – following laws on drinking after 10pm, e-cigarettes and even children playing football
Freedoms increasingly restricted in Australia with a thicket of regulations
Latest ban forbids smoking outside in many public areas of Queensland
Authorities imposing rules on leisure activities as well as traditional ‘vices’
Drinkers cannot access bars or pubs after 10pm in central Sydney
Even e-cigarettes are banned at railway station in anti-tobacco clampdown
Owners fined if dogs are not on a lead – and cyclists for not having a bell
Senator has set up parliamentary inquiry to investigate the ‘fun police’
In August, New South Wales was formally hit with another new law that has drawn an angry backlash – the banning of greyhound racing, once the shared heartbeat, with horses, of the nation’s betting industry…
The ‘DON’T’ factor, rules based on health and safety, hits just about every aspect of what used to be carefree living – drinking, smoking, children tucking into fast foods, driving, cycling, popping down to the bottle shop after 10pm, late night clubbing in certain parts of Sydney, tossing a shrimp – Paul Hogan style – on the barbie close to a neighbour’s property, pitching a tent in a clearing in the woods, cooking a sausage on a fire that is not in a designated area, swimming out of the sight of a lifeguard and so on…
An Australian senator, David Leyonhjelm, has seen the writing on the wall about the death of fun.
Setting up a parliamentary inquiry into the transformation of the country into a nanny state, he says its once adventurous spirit has been paralysed by rules and regulations – and millions of dollars are being sucked up by bureaucracy.
It’s quite promising really, because it’s not just smokers who are getting it in the neck. Everyone is.
The backlash will be ferocious, when it comes.
And that’s always the caveat: when it comes….
One day the rain will come, and there will be a flash flood and an unstoppable torrent that will sweep everything away overnight. It will sweep all this garbage away. All of it.
The rain comes in its own time. The clouds grow heavier and heavier, blacker and blacker, pregnant with rain.
And then, when it comes, there’s one hesitant raindrop, and then another, and finally the burden is released.