Alcopops tax is right decision: Greens

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15 Apr 2009 | Rachel Siewert
Health

The decision by the Federal Government to reintroduce the 'Alcopops' tax was today welcomed by the Australian Greens as a common sense move to better managing alcohol-related harm.

"I am glad that the Government have seen the sense in this tax, and re-introduced the tariff on alcopops today," said Australian Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

"The Greens have always focused on getting more action to tackle problem drinking in the community, and we have seen that the alcopops tax is an effective solution to this problem."

"The Government has also made the right decision by retaining the $360 million already raised, and ensuring it is not returned to the distillers."

"The Greens will be supporting this tariff, on the basis of our existing deal negotiated over the alcopops tax during the last sitting period," said Senator Siewert.

The existing agreement includes:

  • A $25m Health Sponsorship Fund to provide voluntary sponsorship to local community organisation who provide sporting and cultural activities, as an alternative to other forms of sponsorship
  • Mandatory warning messages on alcohol advertising
  • Community level initiatives designed to tackle binge drinking
  • Enhancing telephone counselling services and alcohol referrals
  • Expansion of existing social marketing campaigns

"These measures will go to helping alleviate the impacts of harmful drinking in this country," she concluded.

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