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Tuesday, 22 April 1980
Page: 1621

Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Health. Does the Government accept that the health and well-being of children is a matter of national concern? In those circumstances, does the Government believe that self-regulation of the use of television for the promotion of food and confectionery sales operates satisfactorily? Is it not a fact that nutritionists, parents and social workers have expressed concern at the growing incidence of television promotion and its effect on children? What views does the Government have about the statement of the advertising industry that it should continue to have the unfettered right to influence the eating habits of young people, including young children?


The matter raised by the honourable senator is one I will need to refer to the Minister for Health. I will also draw the attention of the Minister for Post and Telecommunications to the question and obtain information for Senator Gietzelt.

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