Submission to the NSW expert panel on political donations

This submission was prepared for the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s Expert panel on political donations and provides information on the significant influence that the alcohol industry has in alcohol policy development and four recommendations for prioritising public health ahead of alcohol industry profits.

Recommendations

  1. That alcohol is recognised as a harmful product, and that harm minimisation is the primary factor in considering amendments to election funding and disclosure regimes.
  2. That the alcohol industry is defined as including producers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers, including both on and off-licence.
  3. That the current ban on political donations from the alcohol industry is retained.
  4. That, if the ban on political donations from the alcohol industry is revoked, a cap should be imposed for alcohol industry donations, and donations should be required to be disclosed.

FARE supports policy reforms that contribute to a reduction in alcohol-related harms in Australia. Our policy work is informed by the evidence of what is most effective in reducing alcohol-related harms. We support the progression of population-based health measures, which take into consideration the far reaching and complex impacts of alcohol-related harms.

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