Junk food ads face chop
A bill introduced to the Senate today by Greens Leader Bob Brown would ban junk food advertisements from Australian television during children's viewing hours.
It would also ban junk food ads in schools.
"Ending the multimillion dollar campaign by junk food companies aimed directly at children is one huge step in the urgent strategy required to tackle rampant obesity in Australia," Senator Brown said.
In a statement today, the Public Health Association of Australia's President Professor Mike Daube supported the bill.
"Even as we are encouraging our children to get out and be active, junk food is being promoted at every opportunity. They just don't need a diet high in fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt. This is an important Bill aimed at protecting the health of our children. We urge all legislators to support Senator Brown's proposed legislation," Professor Daub said.
The second reading speech can be read in full at: http://bob-brown.greensmps.org.au/speeches
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