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?