March 10th, 2016

Stop advertising alcohol on public transport, urges report

By Melissa Davey
The Guardian

Removing alcohol advertising from buses is a way for governments to take action, says Alcohol Advertising Review Board

A new report from the Alcohol Advertising Review Board calls on state and territory governments to legislate to remove all alcohol advertising from public transport and transit stops.

The ACT is the only jurisdiction to have banned alcohol advertising on public buses following changes to policy introduced by the minister for territory and municipal services, Shane Rattenbury, in September.

“There is a need for strong, independent, legislated controls on all forms of alcohol advertising and promotion in Australia” the latest report from the board said.

“Leaving regulation of advertising to the alcohol and advertising industries does not work; the industries have demonstrated again and again that they are unable to prevent the exposure of children and young people to alcohol promotion, and are unable to ensure that all forms of alcohol advertising and promotion are socially responsible.”

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