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HEALTH—MINIMUM PRICE FOR ALCOHOL

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 857—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that the price of alcohol has proven to be a significant factor in tackling alcohol abuse, especially among disadvantaged drinkers;

 (b) raises concern at the decision by Coles supermarkets to place on sale $4 bottles of wine in Alice Springs;

 (c) calls on the Minister for Health and Ageing (Ms Roxon) to convene a meeting of the large supermarket chains and public health authorities to discuss responsible alcohol sales and promotions; and

 (d) calls on the Rudd Government to introduce a minimum price for alcohol.

Question put and passed.