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Shane Rattenbury calls for more expensive booze [With poll]

By johnboy - 17 May 2011 34

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is tackling binge drinking by calling to end alcohol discounting in supermarkets.

“The Attorney has powers in the liquor laws to stop supermarkets from selling alcohol at sharply reduced prices which encourage binge drinking. We want the Government to use these powers and to act in a preventative way.”

The call for the laws to be enforced also comes on the back of the supermarket price wars where the large retailers have engaged in aggressive competition behaviour which has driven prices below the recommended retail price in some instances.

“Enforcing the laws would also take on the supermarket price war which has seen the price of pre-mixed drinks cut to irresponsible low levels. This is bad for health and public safety.

“There is a well established link showing the lower the price on alcohol, the greater the risk of binge drinking. Extreme low prices on pre-mixed drinks are especially concerning as these are often the drink of choice for young people.

“Under the ACT’s new liquor laws, licensees face a $5,500 fine if they are found to be advertising in a way that promotes irresponsible drinking. The Attorney needs to enforce this law on the major retailers, not just the local bars and nightclubs around Canberra.

“There is a very fine line between standard retail competition in action and an irresponsible and out of control price war that harms young people. The Attorney needs to be clear with the large supermarkets on where the line is drawn in the ACT under our law,” Mr Rattenbury said.

Because if only those earning like MLA’s can afford to do it it’s not a problem?

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Shane Rattenbury calls for more expensive booze [With poll]
PM 12:57 pm 17 May 11

If he hadn’t have supported Corbell’s liquor laws people wouldn’t feel so inclined to “pre-load” before they headed out for a night on the town (ie, booze at clubs etc is too expensive). Contrary to what was being claimed by the ACT Govt when the laws were being introduced, these new liquor laws have had an adverse affect on violence because people are now drinking booze with no RSA.

Is this press release an admission that he erred in supporting the ACT Govt’s liquor laws?

And how does Shane’s party’s flirtation with decriminalising something like ecstacy (in NSW, at least, and I know that division is a tad nuttier than here) align with his stance against Civic violence, when many observations of the numb-nuts who mostly cause problems is that they have alcohol AND illicit drugs in their system?

Thoroughly Smashed 12:50 pm 17 May 11

neanderthalsis said :

So more expensive grog will act as a deterrent in the same way that more expensive cigarettes have stopped smoking, more expensive petrol has stopped people driving and more expensive electricity has saved the antarctic from becoming a tropical paradise.

Nice straw man!

The Frots 12:45 pm 17 May 11

Erg0 said :

I get the feeling that a lot of people don’t actually know what Shane’s referring to here. Either that or they’re really bothered about not being able to get a $20 case of awful, awful beer at Woolies. Or they’re irrational reactionaries. Definitely one of those.

Not sure what your getting at with this one.

EvanJames 12:42 pm 17 May 11

What a lot of wank. So kids get drunk Hello! They always have, always will. So everyone has to be penalised? Bugger off.

I admired Smirnoff’s stand on the “alcopops” nonsense. They released Goon bags of pre-mixed Vodka and sweet flavourings.

We are already stung massively on grog tax. It doesn’t stop anything, just funnels more money to the government. Hey shane, what about all the fatty boom-bah kiddies out there, why aren’t you going after the mall doughnut chains and Maccas? Or their parents… tax them per kilo of bodyweight.

Watson 12:32 pm 17 May 11

Erg0 said :

I get the feeling that a lot of people don’t actually know what Shane’s referring to here. Either that or they’re really bothered about not being able to get a $20 case of awful, awful beer at Woolies. Or they’re irrational reactionaries. Definitely one of those.

Or maybe some of us just think that politicians could find better things to do with their well-paid time. Like planking for example.

Erg0 12:24 pm 17 May 11

I get the feeling that a lot of people don’t actually know what Shane’s referring to here. Either that or they’re really bothered about not being able to get a $20 case of awful, awful beer at Woolies. Or they’re irrational reactionaries. Definitely one of those.

PBO 12:21 pm 17 May 11

I take it that Rattenbury had a crappy childhood and teenage years so he wants to ruin it for everyone. It seems that whenever the pollies hear about something fun or interesting that folk get up to in Canberra, they go out of their way to over-regulate it, charge for it, take credit for it or just ban it.

If he wants to go ahead with this then he should take a look at the cost of living compared to the comsumer price index. Just because he lives in a gilded mansion where he can afford whatever he wants does not mean that the rest of Canberra can afford it. By doing this he is alienating a couple of demographics and raising the general cost of living for everyone. Dont make people over 30 suffer because you want to target young people.

If you read this Shane (and i dont think that you will), think about the “average” canberran as your target interest and not your hipster, 100K a year mates when making decisions that affect everyone.

You will never tackle binge drinking because it is an individual exercise exercised by the individual.

MrMagoo 12:18 pm 17 May 11

Again politicians calling for action o be taken so those of us who can d things responsibly pay for the actions of those who can’t. Nice work Shane. Will we pay more for coffee too because of the people who get over hyped on caffine?

Clown Killer 12:16 pm 17 May 11

“… large retailers have engaged in aggressive competition behaviour which has driven prices below the recommended retail price in some instances.”

Please tell me someone has told Shane that the RRP is an arbitrary figure made up by the manufacturer or distributor and its purpose is simply that of a marketting tool.

And how exactly does he intend to stop me buying wine and spirits on-line at significantly less than what you would pay in the liquor store?

Just another dumb-arse policy from this pack of retards.

neanderthalsis 12:11 pm 17 May 11

So more expensive grog will act as a deterrent in the same way that more expensive cigarettes have stopped smoking, more expensive petrol has stopped people driving and more expensive electricity has saved the antarctic from becoming a tropical paradise.

Once again we see our left wing pollies waging a “War on Alcopops” to save the kiddies from the evil menace of vodka lolly water. As with KRudds Alcopop war, this will simply see the kiddies shift to other, cheaper forms of booze, like the binge drinkers gut rot of choice when I was a teen, passion pop, asti spumante and Stones.

Will we see the emergence of cross border bootlegging as people drive out to the wilderness of Quangers to buy a trailer load of cheap booze to last through the chilly winter months?

The Frots 11:57 am 17 May 11

johnboy said :

Aww, shane’s got a friend after all!

It was probably him voting.

johnboy 11:56 am 17 May 11

Aww, shane’s got a friend after all!

Thumper 11:50 am 17 May 11

Wow, talk about lazy policy.

johnboy 11:42 am 17 May 11

This poll is going better than I’d imagined.

Pandy 11:13 am 17 May 11

Hey King O’ Rattenbury. Ever hear of Queenbeyan? Out the airport?

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