Labor fails to tackle alcohol and junk-food giants

Mark Metherell; 13/5/10

In contrast to the crackdown on cigarettes, the Rudd government has rejected its own experts’ recommendations to take on the powerful food and alcohol industries. Obesity was recently found to trigger more diseases in Australia than tobacco, but the government has given the thumbs-down to the call from its preventative health taskforce for a ban on junk-food advertising before 9pm. It has also refused the taskforce recommendation to phase-out alcohol advertising during live sport broadcasts, in a detailed response to the taskforce recommendations released with Tuesday’s budget.