Ahead of the 2019 Federal election, where do the political parties stand on key alcohol measures aimed at protecting Australians from alcohol harm and creating safer and healthier communities?
On 29 April, FARE wrote to the Liberal Party, the National Party, the Labor Party, the Greens and the Central Alliance and asked them to confirm their position on the following two questions.
As of 16 May 2019, FARE has received the following responses.
We would provide $100 million over four years for a strong and consistent public awareness campaign to communicate the risks of long-term health effects of alcohol.
We already know that we need further alcohol advertising restrictions however the Australian Greens would support an independent inquiry into alcohol advertising across all platforms if this was done with a view to developing specific, detailed reforms.
Centre Alliance supports a national campaign to raise awareness of the social and health harms caused by alcohol.
While not explicitly supporting an independent enquiry into alcohol advertising, “the Centre Alliance is particularly concerned about the irreversible and avoidable damage caused by drinking during pregnancy and will pursue an inquiry and concrete measures to tackle FASD. Such an inquiry would consider how alcohol is promoted to women”
While yet to formally respond to FARE, Labor have already made public commitments on alcohol that include: