WA’s top cop hits out at alcohol advertising

Commissioner of Western Australia Police Karl O’Callaghan this week wrote a strongly-worded article for The West Australian, hitting out at the alcohol industry and advertising in particular.

Both reports, again, highlight concerns over alcohol advertising to our children. Both reports recommend that we disallow alcohol advertising on television before 8.30pm to protect our children, yet we allow an exemption for live sport at any time. Given that tens or thousands of children watch live sport coverage we have to accept that we are creating a risk by allowing that advertising to continue.

The entire article is worth reading in full: the Commissioner references the recent National Framework for Action to Prevent Alcohol-Related Family Violence and the The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs’ inquiry to argue much stronger regulation of alcohol needs to take place.