WA govt bans alcohol advertising on public transport
The West Australian government has announced a ban on the advertising of alcohol on public transport.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said alcohol advertising on trains and digital billboards has stopped with immediate effect, and will begin to be phased out from buses in March 2019.
The Public Transport Authority has now negotiated with APN Outdoor to incorporate an alcohol ban into existing contracts as early as practical.
The Alcohol Beverages Association has condemned the ban.
“West Australians working in the alcohol beverages industry will be disappointed by the announcement of an alcohol advertising ban that is not supported by evidence and has been created without meaningful industry consultation," ABA Executive Director Fergus Taylor said.
“All alcohol ads in WA are already strictly regulated by the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code to make sure they
don’t target or appeal to young people, and there is no evidence that alcohol advertising causes underage drinking.
“Parental influence and peer behaviour are widely acknowledged as the main factor’s impacting a young person’s
decision to drink and the continuing decline in underage drinking shows the targeted measures already in place are
working and helping young people make better decisions.
“Underage drinking and risky drinking by young Australians has been falling for the last 15 years with the latest
Government figures showing 82% of 12-17-year-olds don’t drink at all.
“The industry goes to great lengths to ensure alcohol is produced, marketed and sold responsibly. RSA has never
been stronger, there are large fines for those who supply alcohol to minors and our educational campaigns, like ‘Kids
absorb your drinking’ and ‘How To drink Properly’ continue to target the real causes of underage and harmful
drinking and help to change the way young people think about alcohol.
“The industry is also seeking clarity about whether the ban extends to festivals, local craft breweries and distillers,
wine tastings and restaurants, all of which play a significant role in the state’s tourism industry.
“The industry will continue to encourage the WA Government to explore proven and effective targeted solutions to
address problem drinking, in favour of blunt population wide policies, such as banning alcohol advertising, which
have consistently proven to be ineffective.”