Australian charity adds pressure to alcohol sponsorship debate

Late last year a National Preventative Health Strategy report recommended alcohol sponsorship in Australia to be phased out over an 11-year period, beginning with the outlaw of alcohol promotions and the sale of alcohol merchandising in years one to four.

“We’ll have a conversation with [State Health Minister] Kim Hames,” said Cancer CouncilWA‘s chief executive Susanne Rooney. “It’s about seeing if we can get that support from Kim Hames and then we will also be working commonwealth counterparts as well as a lot of other public health-orientated agencies at commonwealth level.”

Western Australia‘s Sport and Recreation minister Terry Waldron said two months ago that alcohol promotion and sponsorship would be one of the several sporting issues he would put on the government’s policy agenda.