The Federal Government's Australian National Preventative Health Agency will advise that a "floor price" and new taxes be calculated as a way to make alcohol dearer.
The prohibition plan to stop cheap drunks binging on discount drinks including cask wine and cleanskins: http://www.anpha.gov.au/internet/anpha/publishing.nsf/Content/min-floor-price-alc
This is a completely unnecessary move by the Government that will unfairly affect 10,000s of Australians who can't afford to drink anything else.
From an article on the matter (http://www.news.com.au/business/industry-revolts-as-federal-health-agency-proposes-ban-on-discount-booze/story-e6frfm1i-1226494990848#ixzz29GYV6yW9):
The Australian Hotels Association has told the health agency's inquiry that pensioners are the biggest drinkers of cask wine and would be "hardest hit" by minimum pricing.
"All consumers will bear financial pain and reduced living standards," it told the inquiry.
Woolworths - Australia's biggest retailer of alcohol - told the agency that a minimum price would "significantly disadvantage the vast majority of Australians who consume alcohol in a moderate and responsible manner".
The agency will seek more public feedback on the proposal this week before making final recommendations to federal Mental Health Minister Mark Butler in December.
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