The Federal Government has released its draft National Alcohol Strategy which aims to provide a national framework to prevent and minimise alcohol-related harms among individuals, families and communities.
Growers need to be aware of the implications of legislation in this area and the impact that it could have on our industry.
Australian Vignerons supports the use of targeted, evidence-based policy measures to address medical and social problems emanating from excessive alcohol consumption. However, we are concerned that despite the good intentions of the proposals in the NAS, it is not a targeted approach to solving problems.
Most of the suggestions in the NAS are population-wide measures including minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol and excise based taxation systems for wine.
While we note that the draft NAS does not reflect Australian Government policy, we are concerned at these proposals for the following reasons:
There is great potential for widespread support through a focused and collaborative approach with the many stakeholders that have so much invested in their respective industries.
Now is the time for our voices to be heard. Let's start making some noise and protect the future of our industry.
Chief Executive Officer
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