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Ambivilence about alcohol marketing recommendations

Government appears deeply ambivalent about alcohol marketing recommendations


Ministers Adams and Dunn issued a media release yesterday nearly two months after receiving a final report from their Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, and four years following an original announcement to review alcohol marketing by way of an expert committee.

Rather than welcome the recommendations of the Ministerial Forum or even thank them for their hard work, Adams and Dunn revert to political-delay-speak, suggesting the report “raises a number of questions…”, that the issues are “complex”, and that it is now “important to consult”.

Professor Doug Sellman, medical spokesperson for Alcohol Action NZ said, “alarm bells should ring very loudly when an eagerly anticipated government sponsored report is made public either after Parliament rises for a recess, or just before a major national holiday such as Christmas. The timing of Adams and Dunn’s response ticks both boxes”.

Professor Jennie Connor, another AANZ medical spokesperson, also expressed her concern at the media statement.

She said “The statement gave a strong signal of feet-dragging delay from the government. Despite the on-going exposure of children in communities saturated with alcohol outlets and advertising, the Ministers are talking of starting some new investigations. They think “a thorough quantification of the implications” is necessary and they will “consult with organisations and community groups””.

“We were given the clear impression that this Ministerial Forum, which had wide representation, had consulted with stakeholders and communities before making their recommendations” she said.

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