Alcopops tax opens good possibilities - Greens
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has reiterated the Greens' willingness to have talks with Health Minister Nicola Roxon about 'alcopops' taxation and campaign measures to reduce alcohol consumption.
The Senate Inquiry into the provisions of Special Disability Trusts heard today that the trusts were a good idea which had not been taken up because the provisions in the legislation were too restrictive
Tuesday 24th June 2008
The 17 year gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians has long been an international embarrassment, and unfortunately has not got any better according to figures released today, say the Australian Greens.
Australian Greens leader Bob Brown has written to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd seeking a multi-faceted campaign tackling alcohol abuse to be funded by the 'alcopops' tax.
Australia's pensioners and carers have good cause for hope that next year's budget will come to their aid, Australian Greens leader Bob Brown said after debate in the Senate this afternoon.
The government and opposition opposed Greens and Democrats amendments to limit the Rudd government's $30.8 billion tax cuts to low and middle income Australians.
"While recent data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare clearly show that there has been no recent spike in binge-drinking among Australian youth, the alcopop industry shouldn't be too quick to claim that the statistics show all is well with Australia's youth drinking culture," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
The Greens support the Government's intention to reform Australia's health system but want to ensure real health outcomes for the community.
"There are key areas that need further reform such as mental health, ageing and dental health, and we want to make sure these are included, " said Senator Rachel Siewert, the Greens health spokesperson.
"Australians need a Commonwealth dental scheme and, as Australian of the Year, Patrick McGorry says there cannot be health reform without mental health reform. The Greens have put detailed initiatives in these areas and we look forward to discussing them with the Government.
"The Greens will be looking closely at the legislation when it comes into the Senate with the aim of working with the Government to provide the best possible outcomes for the community.