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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council

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Title

Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council

Other title

Tabled Paper 381

Collection

Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT

Date

1991-08-15

Description

Tabled by Eric Poole

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

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application/pdf

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License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2021C00044

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/294313

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396548

Page content

in A u s t r a l i a (1989:8) regards influencing the price of alcohol through excise and other taxes as one of the ways governments can influence consumption. It also suggests that such charges be regularly adjusted so that the real price of various alcoholic beverages is maintained. N.T. situation According to the N.T. Liquor Commission, licence fees on light and ordinary (full strength) beer are 9'/. & 11/. respectively. The N.T. defines light beer as having between 1.15% and 2.49*/. alcohol concentration; e.g. Tooheys, Fosters and Emu Light (2.2*/.). Therefore, both Carlton and Fourex Light (3.3%) are defined as ordinary in the Territory and attract the same licence fee (11%). Most other States classify 3.3% beer as light (see Table 3 below). On the other hand, Special Light (0.9%) is not classified as an alcoholic beverage at all in the Territory and can be sold on unlicensed premises. This is not so in Victoria and Queensland. The N.T. consumer saves approximately $5.00 a carton (approximately 20 cents a can) when he/she chooses Territory defined light beer instead of ordinary beer and about $2 . 0 0 a carton on light beer as defined by many other States. Thus, there is only a marginal price incentive to drink light beer in the Northern Territory. 19


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