The Commonwealth of Australia has begun the implementation of a new front package labelling system for packaged food products. Despite calls from various health groups advocating for a mandatory front package labelling system, the Commonwealth opted for a voluntary system that relies on the goodwill of individual companies for its implementation. In discussing Australia’s obesity epidemic that has given rise to a need for front package labelling, this paper examines the constitutionality of mandatory front package labelling requirements. It argues that as the Commonwealth Government has the requisite jurisdiction to make the system mandatory it should forego voluntary implementation in favour of a mandatory system.
"Is the Health Star Rating System a Thin Response to a Fat Problem? An Examination of the Constitutionality of a Mandatory Front Package Labeling System,"
The University of Notre Dame Australia Law Review:
Vol. 17, Article 5.
Available at: http://researchonline.nd.edu.au/undalr/vol17/iss1/5