WA Labor will ban alcohol advertising on public transport

Wednesday 15 Feb 2017

A McGowan Labor Government would move to ban alcohol advertising on all Public Transport Authority property, WA Labor Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook announced today.

The ban would include advertising on all Transperth buses, bus stops and train stations.

The move is part of WA Labor’s Plan for Health for everyday West Australians.

Medical research has repeatedly shown there is a direct link between exposure of alcohol advertising and alcohol consumption.

There is also strong community support for effective regulation to protect young people from alcohol promotion; 72 per cent of Australian adults support legal controls to reduce young people’s exposure to alcohol advertising, with only 6 per cent opposed. (Source: AARB; the case for removing alcohol ads from public transport 2016; p1)

An audit of public transport in WA last year by the Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB) found that almost a quarter of advertisements at bus stops were for alcohol products.

Alcohol advertising in Western Australia is self-regulated under a scheme managed by the alcohol and advertising industries. Which means it is essentially legal for alcohol advertising on public transport including school buses.

The AARB is an initiative of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth and Cancer Council WA. The Board receives many complaints from the concerned community members about alcohol advertising on public transport, especially school buses.

The AARB administer complaints by the community through a complaint review process that make recommendations based on the Alcohol Advertising Review Board Code. However, recommendations are not legislatively enforced.

All existing contracts for alcohol advertising will be honoured, but no future contracts will be entered into.

"Research has consistently shown that there is a direct link between exposure of alcohol advertising and alcohol consumption. We have a responsibility to our children and the wider community to reduce the amount to which they are exposed to alcohol advertising.

"A McGowan Labor Government will restrict the advertising of alcohol on our public assets. We will ban alcohol advertising on all Public Transport Authority property including Transperth buses, bus stops, and train stations.

"We must do more as a health sector to continue to inform the changing community attitudes to alcohol and Government must take a leadership role in that debate."

"Colin Barnett and the Liberals have looked the other way on this issue for too long.

"My first exposure to public health campaigns was the "Stop Cigarette Advertising" campaign of the 70’s and 80’s. That campaign had a dramatic effect on smoking rates for young people. I’m proud of my involvement in that.

"WA Labor is committed to making this change, and we’re confident it will have a similar effect on young peoples’ alcohol consumption. It’s the fresh approach West Australia needs on the issue, and long overdue."













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