Pointless lawmaking from nanny-state National


You know a government is tried and in its third term when they start having light bulb and shower head moments. Nanny National just had one of theirs.

You are allowed to drive a car and you can have a baby, but apparently you now can’t get a suntan on a bed if you are under 18.  This kind of fiddling around the edges is exactly what you’d expect of a bunch of wet lefties. Apparently, people under 18 aren’t capable of making informed decisions.

Parliament has passed a bill that makes sunbeds R18 and changes the way serious infectious diseases are managed.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says there’s strong evidence that people who use sunbeds increase their risk of melanoma and other skin cancers.

“There is also evidence that children and adolescents are more sensitive to ultra violet,” he said after the bill had passed its final stage.

“This legislation seeks to protect this vulnerable group while balancing the rights of informed adults.”

If only that was true.

The Ministry of Health is looking into whether the licensing of premises and operators, and the introductions of mandatory standards, are appropriate.

The bill puts in place graduated measures for managing infectious diseases.

It adds new provisions for surveillance.

When voluntary co-operation does not work, the measures include directions applied by medical officers of health.

Prosecution for offences under the legislation is a last resort.

How many people have been injured and caught infectious diseases from sunbeds? I’d bet not many, if any, and this has all the hallmarks of health officials just wanting to regulate things despite there being almost no problems. It also has all the hallmarks of a lazy minister just believing his officials and not questioning their advice. I bet Tony Ryall would never have contemplated this nonsense.


– NZ Newswire

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