Eamon Delaney: The long overreach of the nanny state

First there was plain packaging on cigarettes, now it’s being proposed for children’s toys. Where does this package of paternalism end?

3rd April, 2016
Former health minister James Reilly favoured plain packaging of cigarettes

Last week in Australia, a national women’s group proposed that its government introduce plain packaging for children’s toys.

“Sexualisation of young children through products, dress, toys and cosmetics,” it wrote in a formal submission, “reinforces that girls should be sexy, submissive and boys should be dominant, macho, important and strong. These products reinforce boys to grow to males that can be powerful and strong and that girls need to be attractive...

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