Alcohol taxation: impacts of policy inconsistencies
With the May federal government Budget approaching, the best gift for Australian families could be long-awaited reforms to alcohol taxation. Over the past 30 years inconsistent policy advice, decisions and backflips have created damaging gaps in alcohol taxes supposedly based on alcoholic content. Powerful vested interests now defend the status quo, undermining democratic process. Using alcohol taxation as a case study, this presentation will provide an insider perspective on the budget decisions we didn’t get, and might hope for, to achieve vastly better results for families.