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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.

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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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Greens welcome QLD and SA governments' adoption of junk food ad ban policy

Bob Brown 26 Aug 2008

Brown calls on Rudd government to end its obstruction to a national ban

The South Australian and Queensland governments have today announced moves in concord with the Australian Greens' policy to ban junk food advertising during children's TV viewing hours.

"The Greens' policy to ban junk food advertising during children's TV viewing hours is a sensible first step to tackling childhood obesity and I welcome the moves by of the South Australian and Queensland governments," Senator Brown said.

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Greens ‘New Century’ Australia Senate Agenda

The Australian Greens today outlined their vision for Australia in the new century ahead of the opening of the Balance-of-Power Senate.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said a record 1.17 million people voted Greens at the last election, and the five Greens Senators were ready to work constructively with all parties to respond to the challenges of the new century.

"Pollution, poverty, discrimination and the destruction of Australia's forests and precious environments are the legacy of the last century and decades of greed and inaction."

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Greens renew action in Senate to tackle obesity

Bob Brown 22 Aug 2008

The Greens will renew action in the Senate to tackle the $58 billion-a-year cost of obesity on the Australian community, Australian Greens leader Bob Brown said in Perth today.


"The report from Access Economics showing the annual $58 billion cost of obesity to the Australian community is alarming and unacceptable. The Greens will be reintroducing legislation to the Senate aimed at tackling the problem, beginning with childhood obesity," Senator Brown said.


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'Go Aussies!' – Greens wish athletes success as Games begin

Bob Brown 8 Aug 2008

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today wished all the Australian athletes a successful 2008 Olympic Games.
"Australia has a fantastic team of athletes and for the next two weeks I'll be cheering them on like millions of other Australians," Senator Brown said.
"After years of hard work, training and sacrifice I wish all our athletes every success and hope they have a terrific time."
Senator Brown also congratulated rower and six-time Olympian James Tomkins on being chosen to lead the Australian team at the opening ceremony.

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Greens wish Alan Jones well

Bob Brown 3 Jul 2008

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says he wishes Alan Jones a speedy recovery from his illness.
"We haven't always been on the same side of the fence. But Alan Jones has been a colourful part of the commentary and has a big following in the Australian media and we all wish him well," Senator Brown said.
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