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Protecting the Child Consumer from Misleading Advertising: A Comparison of Media Regulation and Consumer Protection Approaches

Elizabeth Handsley, Arlen Duke

Competition and Consumer Law Journal | LexisNexis Australia | Published : 2019


This article compares two areas of legal regulation with a view to determining the strengths and weaknesses of each as a means of protecting children from misleading advertising. Media regulation, including self-regulatory advertising industry codes, has rules designed to address children’s special vulnerability to advertising, but its application is limited by narrow definitions and concepts that are open to subjective interpretation. Therefore, it places few restrictions, in practice, on the kinds of advertising to which children are exposed. Section 18 of the Australian Consumer Law, by contrast, is broad and comprehensive in its coverage, but does not contain any special provision for chi..

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