Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Thursday, 14 November 2002
Page: 6422


Senator MURRAY (5:01 PM) —I move amendment (3) on sheet 2686:

(3) Page 8 (after line 11), at the end of Schedule 1, add:

Part 5—Amendments having effect on and from 1 July 2003

11 Schedule (subitem 1(D))

Omit the subitem, substitute:

(D)

Other Excisable Beverages of an alcoholic strength by volume not exceeding 10%

(1) packaged in an individual container not exceeding 48 litres

(a) not exceeding 3% by volume of alcohol

$28.95 per litre of alcohol calculated on that alcohol content by which the percentage by volume of alcohol of the goods exceeds 1.15

(b) exceeding 3% alcohol but not exceeding 3.5% by volume of alcohol

$33.75 per litre of alcohol

(c) exceeding 3.5% by volume of alcohol

$33.75 per litre of alcohol

(2) packaged in an individual container exceeding 48 litres

(a) not exceeding 3% by volume of alcohol

$33.75 per litre of alcohol

(b) exceeding 3% alcohol but not exceeding 3.5% by volume of alcohol

$33.75 per litre of alcohol

(c) exceeding 3.5% by volume of alcohol

$33.75 per litre of alcohol

This is the amendment which seeks to introduce a new RTD low-alcohol category which would provide a taxation incentive for the production of low-alcohol RTD products not exceeding three per cent by volume of alcohol. As has been previously remarked, there is only one such product at present, which does not have a taxation incentive; and price, as we know, is critical. When the Labor government, as I think it was, took the bull by the horns and originally introduced, way back when, taxation incentives for lower alcohol beer, it could not have known that the result would be that 13 per cent of production in the beer market would be now produced as low-alcohol products—and that is a massive figure. Wouldn't it be absolutely wonderful if 13 per cent of all wine and all RTDs—that is, measured drinks of spirit mixes—were low alcohol? It would have tremendous health and social benefits. I have heard the remarks of the major parties. I know this amendment is going to go down. I do hope that those in Treasury and in the Treasurer's office will accept and understand that this is an area that they must and should attend to. I would suggest to you that the next opportunity to do so will be the next budget.

Question negatived.