LIA FINOCCHIARO MLA
LEADER of the Opposition
Leader of the Opposition
Report is further evidence Minimum Unit Pricing should be scrapped
The Country Liberal Party is renewing its call for the Northern Territory’s Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) regime to be scrapped as a new report into the measure raises further questions about its effectiveness, Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said today.
The Gunner Government commissioned report, Investigating the Introduction of the alcohol minimum price in the Northern Territory is inconclusive that the floor price is having the desired effect to reduce alcohol related harm.
“It’s not much more than an inefficient price measure that punishes responsible alcohol consumers and increases regulatory burdens,” Mrs Finocchiaro said.
Analysis by Frontier Economics for Retail Drinks Australia shows that Territorians are actually drinking more since the introduction of the floor price. Analysis shows that per capita consumption of alcohol in the Territory has increased by 1.2 per cent and consumption has increased by over 2 million standard drinks. Cask wine sales may have fallen, but consumption in almost every other category has increased and spirits have experienced double digit growth.
“The floor price (or MUP) is a failed concept and this Government’s commissioned report even states that the independent impact of the MUP was impossible to distinguish. The CLP knows it’s a failed measure and if elected, a CLP Government will scrap it,” Mrs Finocchiaro said.
“This Government has failed to create KPIs or measure the success of the floor price in a way to avoid scrutiny of its failure. The Government’s approach is, if you don’t measure it, then you can’t fail. That’s wrong.
“Any positive effect on reduced alcohol consumption is taking place primarily because of the hard work of Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors (PALIS), which were originally an initiative of the CLP.
“This report should signal to the Gunner Government that the MUP approach isn’t working. It just punishes responsible drinkers. It doesn’t even raise any revenue for the Territory.
“The CLP tried to repeal MUP in the Parliament, but the Government refused. Let’s see if the Government is now willing to take action,” Mrs Finocchiaro concluded.