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Australian Medics Call For Sugary Drinks Tax

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

15 January 2018


The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has said that a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks should be introduced as a matter of priority.

The AMA made the recommendation in its "Position Statement on Nutrition 2018." It argued that improving the nutrition and eating habits of Australians must become a priority for all levels of government, and that governments should consider the full complement of measures available to them to support improved nutrition.

The position statement explained that the AMA "supports proposals to apply a tax or levy to sugar-sweetened beverages in Australia in order to reduce consumption." It described the tax as a "required next step," and said that, ideally, the food industry should be "part of the process of refining and implementing" the measure.

The AMA did not specify what form it thought a sugar tax should take.

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