FARE today welcomed the latest report from the NT Government that shows alcohol-fuelled harms are decreasing in the Territory.
On the eve of the introduction of Minimum Unit Price (MUP) in the Northern Territory, the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition (paac) and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) say the Gunner Government is to be congratulated for putting the evidence first, and in turn prioritising the health, welfare and safety of the people of the NT.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) congratulates the Northern Territory Government and the opposition for their bipartisan efforts in securing the passage of the landmark minimum unit price legislation in the NT Parliament.
The comprehensive package of alcohol reforms announced by the Northern Territory Labor Government have been welcomed and endorsed by the nation’s leading alcohol research and policy centre.
The submission outlines the health and economic harms associated with the current approach to alcohol taxation, and shows the wide-ranging support for reform and effective measures to instigate cost-saving preventive measures.
Forty years ago, a progressive and prescient Senate Committee report identified alcohol and its harms as a problem of epidemic proportions.
A highly targeted nation-wide minimum price on alcohol could deliver a dramatic reduction in alcohol harm, save lives and reduce alcohol consumption among the heaviest drinkers.
The Northern Territory (NT) Government should introduce a floor price on alcohol; a profound intervention that would reduce harm and save lives.
Relative to wages, the cost of alcohol has reduced considerably in the Northern Territory (NT) over the past 20 years. Lower prices and the resulting increase in demand has contributed to unacceptable levels of harm in the community.
FARE recognises that the NFP sector has and continues to play an important role in Australian society, but maintains that political interference and increased bureaucracy will not contribute to supporting a sector that has for decades worked to achieve positive social, cultural and environmental change.