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Simon Crean, Jenny Macklin - Beer Money To Benefit Community Thursday, 29 March 2001

Beer Money To Benefit Community Simon Crean, Shadow Treasurer, and Jenny Macklin, Shadow Minister for Health

Joint Media Statement - 28 March 2001

The Prime Minister is trying to pretend that giving justice to beer drinkers in Australia through lowering the tax they pay will result in a windfall to brewers.

In anticipation of the Prime Minister's further deceit on this issue, the industry has already publicly announced that they will not profit from any returned excise and that they will set up a charitable foundation.

This money will then be available to be spent for the community good into the future. One of the purposes of this charitable foundation will be to finance alcohol related programs.

Labor is currently negotiating with the industry on suggested specific programs in this area including:

Promotion of responsible drinking patterns; ● Research and treatment of alcoholism; ● Support for community partnership projects related to alcohol education; ● Reduction of domestic violence due to alcohol; ●

Substance abuse in indigenous communities. ●

As a significant portion of draught beer sales occurs in rural areas particular attention would be provided to programs in rural and regional parts of Australia. For example, to the Royal Australian Flying Doctor Service.

The reason that this direction is being pursued is simple - because these are the sort of programs Australian beer drinkers have stated they want the tax they were unfairly forced to pay, spent on.

Unlike the Government, Labor does listen to the views of Australians. We are representing their interests and will continue to do so.



Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

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