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Alcohol Pricing

Motion
Rachel Siewert 12 May 2011

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (11:57):  I move:
That the Senate—
 (a) notes with concern decisions by major retailers to heavily discount alcohol as a 'loss leader' to increase market share, with beer and wine being sold below the wholesale price so that it is now often cheaper than bottled water;
 (b) draws attention to research that demonstrates that young people, disadvantaged groups and risky drinkers are highly sensitive to the price of alcohol;
 (c) raises concern at the number of serious incidents of alcohol-related violence leading to death, permanent disability or disfigurement in recent weeks;
 (d) notes:
  (i) that alcohol impacts not only on individuals but on the wider community, and
  (ii) the high cost of alcohol-related harm to the community, conservatively estimated for the 2004-05 financial year at more than $15 billion per year; and
 (e) calls on:
  (i) these retailers to end their cheap alcohol promotions in the interest of public health and safety, and   (ii) the Government to consider introducing a floor price for alcohol.
Question negatived.

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