In the lead up to the Queensland State Election, the Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol (QCAA) of which FARE is a founding member, has been urging all political parties to commit to a comprehensive evidence-based plan to prevent alcohol harms ahead of the Election.
The QCAA election platform, ‘Our Shout’, includes measures to reduce alcohol violence, to protect children and families, support communities, reduce the burden on the Queensland health system and to develop a whole of government approach to reducing alcohol harms.
You can help raise awareness of Queensland’s increasing alcohol harms and encourage candidates in the up-coming election to commit to the QCAA election platform by distributing this page among your networks and sharing our latest campaigning efforts, below. You can also follow @QLDCAA on Twitter as we ask politicians what they will do to reduce alcohol harms.
Alcohol policy scorecard: glass half full
A new report has found the Liberal National Party (LNP) has little appetite for evidence-based measures to reduce alcohol harms; with the Newman Government (LNP) indicating full support for only one in ten alcohol policy measures proposed by a group of leading public health experts.
The Queensland Greens, Labor and Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) all performed better, and the Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol (QCAA) says it is encouraged by the alcohol policy scorecard findings, and the growing support for more effective policy measures.
Alcohol industry donations flow to liberal national party
The alcohol industry has donated over $408,000 to Queensland political parties over the last three years, with 92 per cent of those funds being channelled to the Liberal National Party (LNP). The Queensland hotel sector had the deepest pockets ($156,826) with the sector accounting for over 38 per cent of total alcohol industry donations.
The study, published by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), examined Queensland Electoral Commission (QEC) data of declared donations from the alcohol industry to major Queensland political parties between July 2011 and June 2014.
Queenslanders call politicians to account over alcohol harms
Queensland has a problem with alcohol, and with less than two weeks until the 2015 QLD State Election, voters are calling on the major parties to outline their plans to address the State’s heavy alcohol toll.
New polling released today has shown a majority (74%) of Queenslanders believe that more needs to be done to reduce the harm caused by alcohol, with 64 per cent calling on Premier Campbell Newman and Queensland Labor Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk, to outline their plans to address alcohol-related harms ahead of the Election.