ABAC didn’t ignore your complaint, we were just being incompetent, says Advertising Standards Bureau

A few days ago, DrinkTank re-published  a post from Sydneyhealthlaw  about the failure of the ABAC Complaints Panel to respond to a complaint about Diageo streaming a liquor ad at a 3 year-old. DrinkTank ’s post was brought to the attention of the folks at ABAC and the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) . If you want to … Continue reading ABAC didn’t ignore your complaint, we were just being incompetent, says Advertising Standards Bureau

ABAC Complaints Panel fails to respond to complaint about Bundaberg Rum advertisement streamed at 3 year old

In an earlier post I showed photos of an Australian alcohol company, Diageo Australia, spamming my 3 year old daughter with an advertisement for Bundaberg Rum when she clicked on a YouTube video of Dora the Explorer. I saw this as an important public interest issue, so I decided to follow it up.  Here’s what’s … Continue reading ABAC Complaints Panel fails to respond to complaint about Bundaberg Rum advertisement streamed at 3 year old

We need to separate the neuroscience hype from the reality

This article by Sascha Callaghan and Allan McCay,  was published in the Sydney Morning Herald, 30 November 2015. Oregon serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers was recently sentenced to death for the fourth time, after a strongly argued case that the sentence should be reduced to life in prison. Rogers' lawyer argued that scans indicated damage to … Continue reading We need to separate the neuroscience hype from the reality

ACCC fines Uncle Tobys for false and misleading statements

A reminder last week about the important role that consumer protection laws play in public health, and in holding – in this case – a food manufacturers accountable. Cereal Partners Australia, which owns the Uncle Tobys brand, has paid a penalty of $32,400  imposed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for allegedly making false … Continue reading ACCC fines Uncle Tobys for false and misleading statements

Is your summer barbeque under fire? Chewing over the evidence on meat and cancer, and digesting the implications for regulation

The report We’ve now had a few weeks to chew over the latest report linking food and cancer. Only this time it wasn’t a puff-piece in your Sunday newspaper, but an extremely comprehensive report from IARC, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. After a systematic review, IARC’s findings on the links … Continue reading Is your summer barbeque under fire? Chewing over the evidence on meat and cancer, and digesting the implications for regulation

Vodka and Vita Brits: will the alcohol industry successfully reverse the 10pm closing time for bottleshops, and other alcohol retail restrictions?

People sometimes say that the law is a blunt instrument.  Roughly translated, what they often seem to mean is “I don’t like this law”. The comment holds a measure of truth.  When the law tries to address social problems, it can sometimes have unintended consequences.  For example, it may place regulatory burdens on innocent parties, … Continue reading Vodka and Vita Brits: will the alcohol industry successfully reverse the 10pm closing time for bottleshops, and other alcohol retail restrictions?

The role of law in noncommunicable disease prevention: an easy-to-digest explanation

Public health lawyers like me are often challenged on their claim that the law can (and should) play a significant role in the prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Future Leaders, an Australian philanthropic organisation, has recently published an open-access, clearly written book on NCD prevention called Dancing in the Rain: Living with NCDs, which includes a chapter … Continue reading The role of law in noncommunicable disease prevention: an easy-to-digest explanation

Lifetime achievement award for Professor Lawrence Gostin

Professor Lawrence Gostin, the Linda and Timothy O'Neill Professor of Global Health Law, Georgetown University, and a longtime friend of Sydney Law School and the Centre for Health Governance, Law & Ethics, has been honoured by the American Public Health Association’s Law Section for “Lifetime Achievement in Public Health Law ”. Professor Gostin teaches a … Continue reading Lifetime achievement award for Professor Lawrence Gostin

Dancing on Christopher Hitchens’ grave? The tricky business of talking about consequences

A “pro-smoking blogger for the libertarian right”  accuses me of “dancing on Christopher Hitchens’ grave”. And other stuff. Christopher Snowdon is a Research Fellow for the UK-based Institute of Economic Affairs, a think tank that receives tobacco funding.  He is an opponent of plain tobacco packaging, keeper of the pure flame of libertarianism etc. My sin … Continue reading Dancing on Christopher Hitchens’ grave? The tricky business of talking about consequences