Health Minister Tony Abbot has refused the possibility of banning junk food commercials aimed at children (EG: the mac donalds happy meal ads) His reply when questioned was "I don't think we can cover our population in cling wrap,"
While i disagree with the 'blame big business' attitude (after all, it is parents who decide what children will eat, no-one else) If find it quite hypocritical that at the same time smoking has been banned from TV advertising for years, we now have to suffer grotesque images plastered on packets as well.
Images that effect not only smokers but anyone who enters a store, you only have to pay for your fuel to be blinded by swollen gangreanous feet and fatty arteries *ughhh*. I'm not saying we shouldnt have the bans and warning on tobacco products, sometimes we all have to suffer for the greater good. and If it stops one kid from smoking then hey, I can put up with feeling sick everytime i see them.
BUT if it's ok to 'wrap us in cling wrap' over smoking, why not over something that effects our childrens health as well?
If i have to suffer disgusting medical conditions then I want to see pictures of massive children being teased in the school yards on every happy meal box! Fat rolls seeping out between lycra tights and midrift tops on every mars bar!
images of half dead diabetics on every tim tam pack with warning labels like
"over indulgence in the contents of this pack may cause infidelity or divorce!"
O.K, Yes, i'm kidding. but seriously there's a lot of room on a happy meal box, I'm sure we could manage a few sensible facts to show what kind of **** is being fed to our kids!
You can't tell me the company that sells burgers containing so many preservatives that when left out for two weeks, they simply go hard (no mould, no deterioration, just harden like a rock lol) has any more rights to advertise than the company that sells tobacco.