'Nanny state' calls time on ladies' nights in Australia
AUSTRALIAN states have been accused of "nannyism" over a range of new laws beginning in 2013, including a ban on ladies' nights – where bars offer free drinks to women.
Other new measures include a ban in Victoria on smoking within 164 feet of the beach and guidelines issued to some schools in New South Wales asking parents dropping their children off to avoid wearing revealing clothes or racist T-shirts.
The ban on ladies' nights will commence from January 18 in South Australia and was introduced by the state government to try to curb binge drinking.
The measures also require bars to offer free water and at least one non-alcoholic beverage that is cheaper than the cheapest alcoholic drink.
PJ O'Briens, a bar in the state capital, Adelaide, said it will change the name of its weekly ladies' night – a Thursday night deal offering free vodka drinks to women – and will now let men access its promotions.
"As long as you offer the special deals to everyone, it is okay," the bar's manager said. "We will still look after everyone. Everything we're doing is by the book."
In the state of Victoria, smokers will face fines equivalent to €110 from January 1 if they smoke near the beach. In other states, smoking has been banned within 33 feet of children's playgrounds.
The Australian Council for Civil Liberties said smoking bans were justified as public health measures but the other new rules were unnecessary and excessive. (© Daily Telegraph, London)