Slip, slop and reform on the slaps

From natural disasters to sun safety campaigns, it’s been a big week at home and abroad.

The first piece of coverage to hit news cycles Tuesday morning was the devastating earthquake that hit Türkiye and Syria, killing thousands and displacing many more. We were pleased to see the Albanese government pledge $10 million and a search and rescue team to assist the two countries. Our hearts go out to all those affected.

Federal and State politics have revved up, with New South Wales’ Premier Dominic Perrotet solidifying his stance on pokie reform – and against Clubs NSW – which is predicted to be an election-defining move. A few years ago, saying anything of this nature would have spelled the end of a political career, and we’re very interested to see how this plays out.

Pressure on Gautam Adani has increased with local protestors calling for an investigation into Adani’s links with the Indian PM, Narendra Modi. The owner of the controversial Carmichael Mine in Queensland, Asia’s richest man has lost billions of dollars following a bombshell report from US research investment firm, Hindenburg Research.

Tik Tok is rolling out a ban on videos encouraging tanning, with users searching for anything relating to the topic to be served with an anti-tanning pop-up banner. While many of us had ‘no hat, no play’ drilled into us from primary school, there has been much media discussion regarding the lack of sun-safe campaigns in recent years. While the beauty industry touts the importance of including sunscreen in all skin routines, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) guidelines make conveying this message difficult on social media, where Gen Z consumes the most content. We hope to see the TGA considering the repercussions on these guidelines.

The Grammys was not short of interesting stories this year – here are the cliff notes.  Beyonce broke records, picking up her 32nd trophy, but missing out on Album of the Year to Harry Styles, who won with “Harry’s House”. Kim Petras was the first ever transgender woman to receive a Grammy, winning best pop duo/group alongside Sam Smith with their camp hit, ‘Unholy’. Lizzo took out Record of the Year for single ‘About Damn Time’ – a tune that has had its fair share of plays in the IMPACT office – and dedicated the award to Prince.


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