The problem with minimum alcohol pricing

The problem with minimum alcohol pricing

Australia’s not the only country looking to ban affordable alcohol, the UK government is looking at the same thing, and this blog post is well worth a read in full: Minimum Unit Pricing is probably the most regressive, illiberal, and outright snobbish policy being debated by parliament today, yet it enjoys near universal political support from the NUS and the Labour party on the left, to the Tories on the right. The problem is, the support is based on junk science, state-funded lobbying and outright prejudice against the poorest… The…

Media Release: Taxpayers Oppose Wine SuperTax & Tobacco Excise Hike

Media Release: Taxpayers Oppose Wine SuperTax & Tobacco Excise Hike

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, Australia’s leading non-partisan taxpayer advocacy organisation, & MyChoice Australia, its anti-nanny state affiliate, today condemned proposals to ban affordable alcohol through imposing a wine supertax, and to increase the tobacco excise by another 25%.  “Slugging lower income earners with both a wine supertax that will quadruple the price of cleanskins and boxed wine and also another 25% tobacco tax hike to make up a budget black hole caused by gross overspending is immoral and poor public policy” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’…

Should There Be A Minimum Price For Alcohol?

Should There Be A Minimum Price For Alcohol?

If you were a sane or reasonable person, or someone aware of concepts such as “evidence”, the answer would be be a clear and obvious no. After all, it’s a deeply regressive violation of individual liberty that hits the poor the hardest, and doesn’t work in reducing alcohol consumption: there is no relationship between alcohol prices and alcohol related harm. So, it’s pretty obvious that “the only significant effects that sin taxes have are to make the poor poorer and black marketeers richer”. Still, never let the facts get in the way…