First they came for the alcopops, and I said nothing. Then they came for the lockout laws, and I said nothing. But now, they’ve come for our goon.
In what can only be described as a national tragedy, the government is fielding strong calls from the health lobby to “tax (goon) out of existence”.
The Royal College of Australian Physicians is urging the Coalition (paywall) to start taxing cask wine in terms of volume rather than value.
Part of the reason it’s so wonderfully affordable is that the current system taxes alcohol based on how much it costs, which means that giant boxes of cheap wine escape relatively unscathed.
“This is not about stopping people drinking wine, this is about taxing cheap alcohol, which is abused by young people and those who already have problems,” RACP President Professor Nick Talley said.
“The problem is low-cost wine, which correlates with higher consumption.”