Brewers Association rejects higher taxes on beer drinkers

08/03/2016

The Brewers Association rejects calls to hit millions of responsible beer drinkers with increased taxes.

Beer is highly taxed compared to the rest of the world, with Australia ranking second only to Finland when tax rates are compared across the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA. Tax rates are then indexed twice a year to keep pace with inflation.

Beer drinkers already pay $2 billion in excise every year.

FARE's call to further increase beer taxes by 10 per cent and link indexation to average weekly earnings would see ordinary beer drinkers forking out yet more money to the Government.

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