2711. Hon Alison Xamon to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:
I refer to the final report of the Sustainable Health Review, Recommendation 2a regarding banning unhealthy food and drink promotions from all State premises, and I ask:
(a) is the department aware how much income the State Government received in 2018–19 from unhealthy food and drink promotions;
(b) if yes to (a):
(i) how much; and
(ii) which departments received this income;
(c) if no to (a):
(i) why not; and
(ii) will the department undertake an audit to determine how much income the State Government receives from unhealthy food and drink advertising;
(d) if no to (ii), why not; and
(e) if yes to (ii), when?
Hon Alanna Clohesy replied:
I am advised:
(b) Not applicable.
This information is not readily available as various forms of promotion are possible across government departments and agencies, including VenuesWest (responsible for 13 sport and entertainment venues). For example, revenue may be sourced via state government owned or managed assets not limited to:
advertising on bus backs and sides;
fixed outdoor media advertisements and signage; e.g. billboards fixed to government buildings, signage in train stations.
digital media on public transport infrastructure; e.g. bus/train station commute panels, TVs.
digital media in sport and entertainment venues; and e.g. LED boundary signs, screens and monitors.
vendor advertising; e.g. vending machine skins/decals, point of sale advertising, food/drink promotions in government owned or managed food outlets.
(d) The Department of Health is developing an implementation plan to meet recommendations arising from the Sustainable Health Review. Actions to address Recommendation 2a will be a matter for consideration by Cabinet.
(e) Not applicable.