The New South Wales Upper House has commenced an inquiry into the Alcoholic Beverages Advertising Prohibition Bill 2017 under the auspice of the Portfolio Committee No. 1
The Bill has been introduced into Parliament by Rev. The Hon. Fred Nile MLC of the Christian Democratic Party.
The purpose of the Bill is to restrict the advertising and promotion of alcoholic beverages with a view to encouraging a healthier lifestyle among Australians.
The Bill also makes provision for the creation of local option areas within which the sale, purchase, delivery and consumption of alcohol would be an offense.
Rev Nile makes the following comments in respect of the Inquiry and the Bill:
· “Alcohol is Australia’s number one social problem. This is a very important issue and I’m pleased that the Legislative Council has referred the Bill to this Committee for inquiry and examination.”
· “The Committee will look at the impact of advertising and promotion of alcohol across a range of platforms such as sports sponsorships, social media, public transport, product placement, online gaming and cinema advertising.”
· “We will consider the effectiveness of the prohibition proposed through this Bill on protecting health and saving lives.”
Rev. Nile will be Chairing the Committee under which the Bill will be examined
Media inquiries: Rev. Fred Nile MLC: (02) 9230 2478
The Rev. The Hon. Fred Nile MLC