CANBERRA An Australian men's magazine offering
readers a "boob job" breast enhancement for their girlfriends
will be investigated under laws barring cosmetic surgery
prizes, authorities said on Tuesday.
Zoo Weekly, a magazine which regularly features pictures of
skimpily-dressed women, offered readers A$10,000 (4,165 pounds)
for "a boob job for your girlfriend".
But the competition drew the ire of New South Wales state
Gaming and Racing Minister Graham West, who ordered an
investigation into whether the magazine had broken Lotteries
laws forbidding the offer of cosmetic surgery as a prize.
"We have asked the state charities office to investigate if
there's a breach," a spokesman for the minister told Reuters.
Magazine editor Paul Merrill told the Sydney Morning Herald
newspaper the competition was legal because it was simply
offered cash, rather than a breast enhancement operation.
"If they choose to spend it on surgery they can. We've
checked out all the legals," he said.
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons President Howard
Webster said any doctor who provided an operation under the
competition faced being struck off the medical register.