Greens push for alcohol to be taxed nationally by volume

THE Australian Greens will use October’s tax forum to push for all alcohol to be taxed according to volume, rather than beverage type.

A volumetric tax for alcohol was one of the recommendations of the Henry Tax Review that was rejected by Labor in mid-2010. 

If implemented it would replace more than a dozen different alcohol tax rates Australia-wide with a single per-volume levy that would not differentiate between alcoholic beverages.

Greens health spokesman Richard Di Natale said alcohol abuse was increasing, and caused huge economic and social harm.

The Greens also threw their support behind tougher health warning labels on alcohol, as proposed last week by the federally funded Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation.