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Magistrate wants booze tax to tackle domestic violence

May 3, 2015  by 21bethere


http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/magistrate-wants-booze-tax-to-tackle-domestic-violence/story-fnihsrf2-1227330858533

A MAGISTRATE says government taxes on alcohol should be put towards funding anti-domestic violence programs, even if it means increasing booze prices.

Kingaroy magistrate Simon Young said domestic violence in some Queensland communities was 100 per cent ­alcohol-related, while in others it might be a “still significant” 30 per cent. Mr Young said it was dis­appointing that a Special Taskforce into Domestic and Family Violence report downplayed the role of alcohol in the commission of domestic violence.

 
21 Be There Comment: Sure, no doubt  such a move will help raise money to fund the damage already done - A consumption tax on luxury items (particularly those psychotropic toxins of a carcinogenic nature) is always a smart option, but demand drivers still need to be addressed.
One of the biggest drivers for acute episodic drinking, as well as a significant contributor to chronic long term alcohol use, is early uptake. 

Raising the Minimum Legal Drinking Age to 21 will be an effective pre-emptive 'strike' on this demand driver! 

 

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