Federal parliamentarian Amanda Rishworth said it was time to look at regulating the use of young children in advertising and other media, like magazine shoots, particularly if advertisers refused to heed calls to stop sexualising kids.
“I don’t think we have broad enough standards and guidelines that encompass the whole area,” said Ms Rishworth, who has campaigned against the commercialisation and sexualisation of children.
“Parents are struggling with this. I don’t think it is as simple as banning things but industry does need to take some more responsibility and start responding to parents’ concerns and the government does have a role in that.
“If industry doesn’t move, I do think there is a role for government regulation.”
As the Daily Telegraph reported, France was considering going down the same route.
Last week, a French government report urged the banning of “mini-miss” beauty pageants and high heels, padded bras and G-strings for children. Using models under the age of 16 in fashion campaigns should also be illegal, the report said. An outcry over the use of 10-year-old Thylane Loubry Blondeau in a provocative shoot for Vogue in 2010 prompted the report.
The Whitlams have opted for a private funeral for one of Australia’s favourite public figures, Margaret. She’s the wife of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and passed away at the age of 92 after a fall. The news comes as former PM and friend Bob Hawke said he was worried about his mate’s health after he lost the ‘love of his life’.
“I think his son put it right … when he said he thought that his mother could last and get on without Gough but he doubted if Gough could without Margaret, and I think that’s probably right,” Mr Hawke told ABC radio 774.
“Gough is not in good shape at all and of course we hope that he hangs on, but I would think the fire that’s left there would have been diminished very significantly by the passing of Margaret.
“In the circumstances you would think it may accelerate Gough’s going. He’ll be devastated without her.”
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The incidence of cancer could be cut by a quarter in the lead-up to 2025 according to a report to be published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
Taking data on projected illness, and coupling it with published findings on the association between food, nutrition and physical activity in the prevention of cancer, the journal study found the incidence of cancer in Australia would rise to 170,000 in the next 13 years, an increase of 60 per cent since 2007. Intervention to improve health and environmental factors could reduce that by 43,000 or 25 per cent, it said in a report to be published today.