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Australia tells travelers 'nanny state' won't help much with trips
Australia tells travelers 'nanny state' won't help much with trips

Australians like to call their country a "nanny state" — but the nanny has had enough. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Wednesday told Australian travelers to toughen up and show a little more self-reliance, publishing a list of peculiar requests from Aussies who have contacted consular offices for help while overseas or even before leaving home for the airport. One traveler wanted a loan to pay a prostitute in Thailand. Another called Australian officials for a risk assessment of a foreign city and armored cars for a week. Another asked what the food would be like on a cruise. Those who turned to officials expected them to provide interpreters,...

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