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If this happens it will be an absolute disgrace (just like the Australian Labor government!!)
I fully agree. It's this global trend against anything considered "unhealthy". The "moralists" are on a high these days telling us what to consume.
The way that I understood the discussions on the proposed changes on alcohol taxes was that all alcohol taxes were being dropped (except the gst but including WET) and then the beverages where to be taxed based on their Alc/Vol. The rate of that tax is unknown.

This was to reduce the WET rebate to smaller producers, who Rudd wants out of the industry. He wanted to limit production, reduce the opportunity to supply and would have the WFA request that growers pull vines.

There was talk that minimum selling price limits would be introduced to minimise encouragement for binge drinkers. (Don't know about the rest of you but I hope this doesn't blow my chance of bingeing on Grange again!! Sunday mornings wouldn't be the same!)

Either way, any change to the Alcohol Tax on Wine, be it, Jenni's report or the option I heard, smaller producers will be adversely affected.

Why is it that the "big" players aren't asked to clear off the wines that are likely to encourage binge drinking? If we can actually improve the quality of our products by, ridding our industry of the products aimed at increasing the multinationals cash flow and stranglehold of the market, won't we be truly supporting RSA, therefore, reducing the incidents of abuse of wine, and securing the future of the industry generally? Please don't tell me that money comes into it here too! :)
Very relevant Steve! Lets see what Mr Rudd unveils on Tuesday's Australian federal government budget...
Good news - no tax increase in this years budget



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