Legal Waivers for Take Home Food: Over Regulation has gone too far

by on 27 December, 2014

Ross K-1Ross Katsambanis takes on the nanny state after receiving a waiver to take home food:

On the 27th of December 2014 my family and I descended upon Hellenic Republic in Brunswick to celebrate my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Given the season, plenty of food had been consumed by everyone in the last couple of days, so plenty of meat from the banquet was leftover.

I politely asked the waitress if I could have some of the meat and dips packaged up to take home, her response shocked me. The young lady stated that I could do so, however I had to sign a waiver declaring that I accept all responsibility if I suffer any illness from the food I asked to be packaged. When I quizzed the young lady on why I had to sign this document she indicated that it was because of City of Moreland regulation. I nearly choked on my succulent slow cooked lamb as I heard this information.

This is yet another case of the nanny state and continuous over regulation from government and regulatory bodies. It is in fact mind-boggling at times how these laws are passed through. I couldn’t even take some lamb home and reheat without signing a ludicrous waiver. A friend ate recently at the Kew equivalent of Hellenic Republic, governed locally by the City of Boroondara, where no such waivers had to be signed for ‘doggy-bags’. Ironically, this person did not bring upon himself food poisoning.

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It would come as no surprise that the City of Moreland has a large amount of left leaning, socialist policies that take away the rights of the individual the right to make their own decision. The council’s Mayor Lambros Tapinos is an ALP member. This year, the City of Moreland raised its rates by 4.5%, well above the CPI level of inflation. It also spent over $500,000 of ratepayers’ money to stopping the building of the EastWest Link in Melbourne.

It has come to a stage now where we are not wrapping everyone in cotton wool from dangers, but in fact legislating to protect everyone from ghosts and dangers that don’t exist. The neighbouring and equally left leaning City of Darebin ordered the demolition of a slide at a local park, as it was deemed unsafe to play on. Interestingly, no child had been reported to have been injured whilst playing on that slide, yet the council still took down the slide. Many schools won’t let children trade football cards in the schoolyard.

Over-regulation and molly coddling continues to hold Australia back in terms of growth. Tony Abbott promised to cut red tape by $1 billion in 2014. Surprisingly, the government found $2.1 billion worth of red tape to cut.  Most of this nanny state regulation places a greater cost burden on business and individuals.

As Kerry Packer once bellowed in a House of Representatives’ committee hearing room in Canberra, the capital for over-regulation in this country, “Every time you pass a law, you take somebody’s privileges away from them.”

Enough is enough. It is time to fight back and reduce suppression of individual rights and let ordinary citizens make their everyday decisions without the burden of over-regulation and the nanny state.

Ross Katsambanis is a Liberal Student who has a distaste for over-regulation, the nanny state and is a second year Accounting and Finance student at Monash University and the Monash Univserity Liberal Club Membership Officer

3 thoughts on “Legal Waivers for Take Home Food: Over Regulation has gone too far

  1. Excellent article Ross. Phrases such as over-regulation are meaningless without specific examples. The only improvement would have been to track down and nominate the specific regulation needing removal, note that the Council is a creation of the State Government and nominate the State Government Minister who has the authority to order the regulation changed.

  2. Show us the regulation Ross. Certainly the Victorian Dept. of Health has no regulations regarding doggy bags (

    On the strength of what the waitress told Ross, we’ve got a beat up about nanny states. I suspect it’s far more likely this is an example of market forces… an enterprise deciding to limit its liability to lawsuits, possibly after discussions with its insurer… not a government regulation in sight…. just a bunch of lawyers trying to make a quick buck.

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