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Health Groups Push For Australian Sugar Tax

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

22 January 2015


Health groups have called on the Australian Government to explore the possibility of a tax on junk food and sugary drinks.

The Consumers Health Forum, the Heart Foundation, the Obesity Policy Coalition, and the Public Health Association of Australia claim that action is now critically needed.

According to the survey by Essential Research, 79 percent of respondents agreed that if more is not done to reduce the intake of fatty and salty foods and drinks, Australian children will live shorter lives than their parents. Half of those questioned approved of the Government putting a tax on junk food and sugary drinks that would be similar to those on alcohol and tobacco.

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