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Greens renew calls for end to alcohol sponsorship of sport.



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Rachel Siewert

Greens renew calls for end to alcohol sponsorship of sport

Media Release | Spokesperson Rachel Siewert

Friday 17th July 2009, 12:11pm

The Australian Greens today renewed calls for an end to alcohol sponsorship of sporting events, following

reports that a Government taskforce is set to recommend similar measures.

"The Greens have been calling for action on alcohol sponsorship of sporting events for some time now, and

it is good to see the Government's own taskforce reportedly recommending action on the matter," said

Australian Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

The Preventative Health Taskforce is reportedly recommending the banning alcohol sponsorship of

sporting and cultural events, alongside further restrictions to internet, youth, television and sporting arena

advertising.

"We have long incorporated this into our approach towards the problems associated with alcohol in this

country, as evident in negotiations over the Government's Alcopops tax," said Senator Siewert.

"The Greens have already secured a package of funding with the Government, once the Alcopops Bill goes

through, to establish a $25m Health Sponsorship Fund. This fund will enable sporting groups to end their

reliance on alcohol sponsorship by applying for sponsorship from the fund."

"We need to develop a sustained, comprehensive, long-term strategy to promote a culture of safe and

responsible alcohol consumption. Sporting clubs and groups play an important role in the building of

communities and contributing to people's health and wellbeing. That is why we want to ensure that sporting

clubs and groups, big and small, that are reliant on alcohol sponsorship, will be able to source sponsorship

elsewhere."

"It is time that we acknowledged the true cost of alcohol to our community, and moved to phase out alcohol

sponsorship of sporting events, clubs and community groups," concluded Senator Siewert.

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