News location:

Canberra Today 20°/24° | Monday, March 4, 2024 | Digital Edition | Crossword & Sudoku

Pocock pushes gambling, alcohol advertising regulation

Senator Pocock…  “Australians are the biggest losers when it comes to gambling and it’s something we have to do better on.” (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

By Maeve Bannister in Canberra

GAMBLING, alcohol and unhealthy food advertisements on social media are at a record high and an independent senator is pushing the federal government on meaningful reform.

ACT senator David Pocock has met experts to discuss possibilities for regulation, particularly measures to protect young people.

University of Queensland and Monash University researchers examined Facebook and Instagram ads shown to 16- to-25-year-olds and found their feeds were dominated by highly targeted marketing of unhealthy and harmful products.

Facebook data provided by 83 young people, including 54 participants aged 16 and 17, found they had each been assigned an average of 787 ads by 194 marketers, including for alcohol, gambling and unhealthy food.

Senator Pocock said political courage was needed to take on big companies with influence.

“It seems politically taboo to talk about things like gambling regulation… we have to be talking about this to protect young people,” he told reporters in Canberra.

“Australians are the biggest losers when it comes to gambling and it’s something we have to do better on.”

The independent will push for a whole-of-government approach to ensure better advertising regulations on harmful products.

Senator Pocock met representatives from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, the Alliance for Gambling Reform, and the Obesity Policy Coalition to discuss possible regulations.

Who can be trusted?

In a world of spin and confusion, there’s never been a more important time to support independent journalism in Canberra.

If you trust our work online and want to enforce the power of independent voices, I invite you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support is invested back into our journalism to help keep citynews.com.au strong and free.

Become a supporter

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Australian Associated Press

Australian Associated Press

Share this

2 Responses to Pocock pushes gambling, alcohol advertising regulation

Bob Holderness-Roddam says: 3 March 2023 at 5:09 pm

This is great – but can we please also advocate/lobby for a ban on alcohol advertising in motor sport, i.e. on vehicles and at venues. It sends entirely the wrong message to impressionable youth and others.

Reply

Leave a Reply

Related Posts

Follow us on Instagram @canberracitynews