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Brown introduces bill for national ban on junk food ads during kids' TV viewing hours

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today gave notice that he will re-introduce the Democrats' Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising (Broadcasting Amendment) Bill 2008 to ban junk food advertising during children's TV viewing hours.

"Access Economics estimates the cost of obesity to the community is $58 billion a year. Only 1 per cent of food advertising promotes healthy food. The other 99 per cent promotes fast food, soft drinks, ice cream and other junk food," Senator Brown said.

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Ferguson challenged on voter deception

Greens Leader Bob Brown, in Launceston today, called on Liberal MHR Michael Ferguson to justify a brochure attacking the Greens which, itself, admits referencing discarded Greens policies.
 
The brochure is being letterboxed in Bass.
 
"The brochure makes claims which have never been Greens policy.  Other policies quoted have long been replaced.  It is equivalent to claiming the Liberals advocate capital punishment or war with North Vietnam. They used to, but do not now.  This is a calculated effort to deceive Tasmanian voters," Senator Brown said.
 

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Greens move law to shame governments over political advertising

If Parliament resumes next week Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown will introduce a private members bill requiring the total amount of taxpayers' money spent on government advertising to be included in every advertisement.
 
"The aim of the bill is to name and shame governments who use taxpayers' money on blatantly political advertising. It will allow taxpayers to see exactly how much of their money is being spent by self-serving governments," Senator Brown said.
 

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Another day another $1m of taxpayer funded govt ads

If the Prime Minister doesn't call the election this weekend, I will introduce a private members' bill when Parliament resumes next week requiring the total amount of taxpayers' money spent on government advertising to be included in every advertisement.

The aim of the bill is to name and shame governments who use taxpayers' money on blatantly political advertising. It will allow taxpayers to see exactly how much of their money is being spent by self-serving governments.

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PM's fridge magnets won't cure junk food – Greens

Greens Leader Bob Brown today renewed calls for the Prime Minister to ban junk food advertising during children's TV viewing hours as part of the fight against childhood obesity.
 
"What's inside the fridge won't change because there's a fridge magnet on the door," Senator Brown said.
 
"It's pretty useless sending out one fridge magnet on healthy eating to every school child if they continue to get bombarded with hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising promoting junk food on television," Senator Brown said.
 

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