Australia readies ten-year alcohol strategy, with increased taxation off the table

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Australian ministers have introduced a new National Alcohol Strategy, an initiative welcomed by the trade association for the country’s alcohol industry.

Australian ministers have made the plans for the coming decade that includes four agenda which focus upon community safety by safer drinking environment, reducing injury and violence and improving treatment. Improving management of the availability, price and promotion of alcohol ensuring people have access to treatment, information and support services, and improving awareness of how alcohol-related harm impacts the Australian community.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said: “Australia’s levels of alcohol taxation is already in the top third of countries within the OECD. The Morrison Government considers Australia’s current alcohol taxation setting is appropriate and has no plans to make any changes.”

When asked about the price and abuse co-relation with alcohol, Hunt said this is “a matter for the states and territories.”