Submission to the SA wine in supermarkets Discussion Paper and Amendment Bill 2013

FARE’s submission to the South Australian (SA) Government on the Wine in Supermarkets Discussion Paper and Draft Liquor Licensing (Sale of Wine in Supermarkets) Amendment Bill 2013, builds a strong case against the proposed legislation, arguing that the increased availability of alcohol would result in increased consumption and harms.

Recommendations

FARE recommends the South Australian Government abandon the Draft Amendment Bill as:

  1. The increased availability of alcohol results in increased consumption and harms, which is concerning for a state that already has the highest number of liquor licences per person aged over 18 years.
  2. The sale of wine in supermarkets will increase the market domination of the larger supermarkets such as Woolworths and Coles at the detriment of local South Australian producers.
  3. The sale of wine in supermarkets will drive the price of wine down at the detriment of the health of South Australians and South Australian wine producers.
  4. The sale of wine in supermarkets will lead to other alcoholic products being sold in supermarkets.
  5. The sale of wine in supermarkets is unlikely to result in consumers choosing to purchase South Australian wine.

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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