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Alcohol and sport shouldn't mix: Greens



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Media Release

Dr Richard Di Natale Australian Greens Senator for Victoria

21/10/2013

Alcohol and sport shouldn’t mix: Greens

The Salvation Army has today released a survey that shows more than two thirds of Australians believe that alcohol advertising encourages binge drinking and should be restricted.

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, today backed the AMA’s call for an inquiry into the advertising and promotion of alcohol.

“The Greens want to protect our children from being bombarded by alcohol advertising,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Sport is a healthy pursuit and contains a lot of positive messages for kids but now when I sit down with my kids to watch the cricket or the footy, every second ad is for beer or betting odds.

“Like most parents, I don’t want sport being hijacked to sell my kids unhealthy or addictive adult products. That’s why the Greens want to see a ban on alcohol ads before 9pm, with no exceptions.

“As a society, we already accept that it is appropriate to restrict certain types of programming to adult viewing times. The promotion of products like alcohol is already subject to rating-related restrictions but those restrictions are undermined by giant loopholes with regard to sports broadcasts.

“This isn’t about trying to stop people from having a drink if they want to but there’s no reason why we need to let our kids be bombarded by those kinds of ads.

“The Greens support the AMA’s call for an inquiry into the promotion of alcohol.”

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