Julia May theage.com.au Despite declining crime rates in most Western societies, parenting experts say anxiety around children's safety has never been higher. The term “nanny state” is no longer just metaphorical: in Victoria this week, penalties for leaving children under 16 unattended are set to increase, with the government proposing a doubling of the maximum jail sentence, from three to six months. Fines will increase by two-thirds, to $3690. to read more: theage.com.au
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