Greens MP Sue Higginson has flagged the introduction of a bill to parliament to prevent fossil-fuel advertising, similar to the ban slapped on tobacco companies.
“We are talking to all sides of politics and we’re hoping for as much support as we can get.”
What’s the thinking behind the ban?
She said public health concerns should motivate the ban because climate change is “the biggest public health crisis we’re facing”.
Ms Higginson labelled those comments “incredibly dismissive” and “quite reckless”.
Is it likely to pass NSW parliament?
NSW rugby league teams used to fight all season for a trophy that shared its name with a cigarette, and a different manufacturer was a long-term sponsor of Cricket Australia’s predecessor.
The AFL has Shell as an official partner, the Super Netball league has Origin Energy, and Cricket Australia considers its principal partnership with Alinta Energy “one of the most visible sponsorships in Australian sport”.
Ms Higginson’s concerns over the “greenwashing” of fossil-fuel companies comes as Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) deputy chair Delia Rickard highlighted the practice.
The ACCC would not hesitate to take enforcement action if consumers were being misled or deceived, she added.