With the National Rugby League season kicking off this week, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians has called for a ban on alcohol advertising in sport.
A recent survey by the RACP revealed 61 per cent of NSW residents were concerned about the prevalence of alcohol in Australian sport sponsorship, naming rights, advertising, and branding. Professor Talley said a product that caused more than 15,000 hospital admissions every year should not be promoted during Australian sport.
“You wouldn’t dream of doing this for cigarettes,”said RACP president Nick Talley.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority code of practice does not allow the promotion of alcohol before 8:30pm, except on sports programs on weekends and public holidays.
Proposed Parramatta train link
A fast train link could drastically reduce travel time for city commuters travelling from Parramatta. The proposed link would cut travel times from 25-30 minutes to 15 minutes at Sydney’s fourth-busiest station. A report by Parramatta Council and the Sydney Business Chamber’s western Sydney branch presented four options, including the conversion of the existing western line or the potential construction of new, underground routes. “If this isn’t built, the western line will become increasingly congested and that’s going to hamper the efficiency of our whole city,” Sydney Business Chamber’s western Sydney director David Borger said.
Michael Lawler’s timely resignation
Fair Work Commission vice president Michael Lawler has resigned on “health grounds” on the eve of his deadline to respond to an investigation into his contentious use of sick leave. Mr Lawler used paid sick leave from his $435,000 salary while he allegedly helped his partner, Kathy Jackson, defend a theft lawsuit from the Health Services Union. Ms Jackson is potentially facing criminal charges after it was discovered she misused $1.4 million of members’ funds for overseas trips and personal shopping trips. Mr Lawler’s resignation follows controversial reports that a 40-year-old man was found dead in the couple’s home on Wednesday morning. The death is not being treated as suspicious.
— Nanooq (@AustChoice) January 19, 2016
Dami Im our next Eurovision representative
Former X Factor winner Dami Im has been chosen as Australia’s Eurovision 2016 representative, following in the footsteps of former representatives Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian. Dami Im, who shot to fame after winning the reality show in 2013, was chosen from a group of potential representatives including Delta Goodrem, Samantha Jade and Tina Arena. “It’s the biggest thing an artist can do in Australia or probably around the world, so I’m just so stoked to be a part of it and honoured to represent Australia,” Im said. The Korean-Australian singer will perform at the event in Stockholm, Sweden in May.
— #XFactorAU (@thexfactor_au) March 3, 2016
– Jessica Staveley
Photo of alcohol bottles by James Mott