Why the Australian nanny state is a waste of resources

Australia is under the misapprehension that it can protect and care for its citizens even if these citizens don’t appreciate the effort. In fact, they bite the hand that feeds them. Well-meaning and politically correct Aussies are deluded when they believe that they can do some good for their “fellow man”.

It is true that the less fortunate require assistance but that assistance has to be welcomed and treated seriously.

Let’s face it, very few people appreciate a hand-out and this was exactly the case today when we went to a shopping centre.

A man sat down beside us. He had obviously not been shopping, nor was he eating lunch. Instead, he sidled up close to us, showed us a food voucher for Woolworths and told us that it was worth $25 but that he would sell it to us for $20.

The voucher was one that is handed out by charities and the government to ensure that the dole is not wasted on gambling, drugs and alcohol. This man was keen to swap food for whatever he wanted instead.

Is this a good method of teaching the needy to shop responsibly? Or does this make a mockery of the system? After all, you can’t force people to act responsibly if they are determined to abuse the nanny state.

I bet someone will buy the food voucher from him and how ironic is that?

As they say, no good deed goes unpunished


One thought on “Why the Australian nanny state is a waste of resources

  1. Have you deliberately disabled comments on your ill-thought-out rant about diamonds? I have tried several times to post a comment after coming across your blog (accidentally and to my regret!) I get the error message that the spam protection number is wrong (it’s not). I am going to post my “diamond” response here just to see if it will go through:

    In all honesty, I would buy the simulant and spend the rest of the money on something truly valuable. Can you answer this – what is the inherent value of a diamond? It is valuable because it is rare. If there were more diamonds they would be less valuable … they are not INHERENTLY valuable.

    Beyond that, a real diamond brings delight to people because of its sparkle, prettiness and durability. If I can find a product that is as pretty as a diamond, and lasts as well as a diamond (which they do … I have had one since they first came to Australia), why should I spend extra money just so that I can tell people it’s a real diamond? That sounds incredibly shallow. I do have real diamonds and I don’t go around bragging that they are real, any more than I lie and say the simulant is real.
    People are free to buy what they want … only an arrogant and uneducated person would speak so derisively about other people’s choices.

    Your assumption that items have to be “real” or “genuine” (in your opinion) to be valuable to a person shows how little you know of real life and true value, and how thoroughly you have bought into materialism. From the way you write, it is obvious that you are quite young (or if not, you have learned very little of real value in your lifetime).

    I read your original post and hoped that you had grown up in the seven years since you had written it. Obviously, you have not.


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