Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Disclaimer: The Parliamentary Library does not warrant the accuracy of closed captions. These are derived automatically from the broadcaster's signal.
ABC News Breakfast -

View in ParlView

(generated from captions) Australia's binge drinking issue. Senator Steve Fielding

there. For more now, Federal

Health Minister Nicola Roxon

joins us from Melbourne.

Minister, good morning. Good

morning. On March 19, when

asked about reintroducing this

"It's bill , you said - and a quote,

"It's been voted against in the

Senate, that's the end of this

bill." What's changed? Well,

what's changed - and we made it

clear from that day on that we

would consider our options. As

you'd be aware, the tax office

has until 13 May to keep

collecting the tax. We've

considered our options. We

believe that we should pursue

this matter. We are introducing

into the house into the house and the Senate

when parliament starts again in

the Budget session, a measure

that will validate the tax

that's been collected and a new

tariff proposal to ensure we

can collect the tax into the

future. That will need to be

voted on and we hope that

despite Mr Dutton's

protostations that the Liberal

Party will rethink their opposition and we hope it Senate will consider this. It

is a measure that's works. We

have seen a major drop in

alcopop sales and we are

committed to trying again.

Steve Fielding is the key here.

Have you changed your view on

accepting his requests in

relation to sports

advertising? No, we made clear

before, and our position

remains the same, that the

Government isn't going to take

up his proposal in relation to

sports advertising. We are

prepared to talk to him about a

range of other issues but ultimately we've got ultimately we've got to

remember it's the Liberal Party

that is giving Mr Fielding the

balance of power on this issue.

The Liberal Party has constant

ly sided with the distillers on

this issue and have no evidence to support their opposition

which the measure has seen a

decrease- The Liberal Party

points out there has been an

increase in the sale of beer

over that period and their

argument is this is not a

comprehensive approach to

addressing binge drinking and

it seems like a reasonable

argument. I think it's a

reasonable argument and one we

have been make ling the time to

point out that there is not one

single solution to this complex

problem of abusing alcohol but

this Government has done more

than any previous Government to

raise this issue. This is part

of our approach. There isn't a

silver bullet and we've never

pretend tended there would be

mate making alcopops cheaper

again for young people who we

know get introduced to alcohol

through the products because

they don't taste like alcohol,

we think it would be a backward

step. Why can't you come up

with a more comprehensive raft

of legislation? We have a

range of measures we have

already introduced, some are

binge already under way including our

binge drinking campaign which has community level

initiatives, an advertising

campaign, we have an investment

in preventative health care,

larger than any Government

previously has ever made and we

have a prevention task force

due to report to us in the

middle of this year on a range

of strategies they propose for

alcohol, tubacko and tackling

the growing problem of obesity.

Government It's not right to say the

Government hasn't looked at

this across the board but this

is an important part of our

package and we want it passed,

which is why we're introducing

it again into the parliament.

The Treasurer Wayne Swan says

the government has no intention of firing the double

dissolution trigger if it

arises from this. Are you

willing to go further than that

"No intention" phrase and say

it will not fire the double

dissolution trig sphr I think

you have seen now the

Treasurer, myself, the deputy

prime minister make clear that

is not our intention in

pursuing this matter but it is

within our right as a

Government. We want to govern.

This was a Budget measure from

last year. We want to be able

to pursue this measure. We

think that there are good

public health reasons for doing

it. Now, that's a matter for

the Liberals and the Senators

to think about whether that

provides a double dissolution provides a double dissolution

trigger or not. That's not our

intention in taking this

action. It's not your intention but it sounds like as far as

you're concerned you're

retaining that as a

possibility? Well, it's just a

matter of law one way or the

other if it provides a

trigger. But will you use it?

Will you say now that you will

not use that as a trigger?

It's not our intention to. I

think that everybody has been very clear about that. very clear about that. We hope

this measure will get through

and of course it would not be a

trigfer it was pass that's our

intention , our desire, but it is a matter for Malcolm

Turnbull to suddenly be

prepared to actually stand for

something, which we haven't

seen much of recently, and of

course a matter for the Senate,

how they want to deal with this

when it comes before them. I

don't know if you saw the show

earlier but we had Peter Dutton

on the program and he likened Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd to the pig of

Australian politics or words to

that effect, what do you think

of that kind of characterisation? I didn't see

the interview but if that's an

accurate assessment of what he

said I just think it's uncalled

for to have this type of abuse

being hurled at people in

politics. Surely the community

expects more from us and we can

fight the issues and we can fight the issues and we can

fight them vehemently but I

don't think that sort of abuse

is appropriate. Nicola Roxon in

Melbourne, thanks very much for