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Beer could become more expensive with a radical new tax

Cheap schooners could be a thing of the past if a radical new tax plan gets the go-ahead.

The push comes from a pre-budget submission from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education and will bump up prices by about 10%.

Michael Thorne, Chief Executive for Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education tell Chris Kenny why the taxation is needed.

“This is all about trying to reduce the alcohol toll in Australia and we know that price is such a determinative factor in how much people consume.

“We also know that the taxpayers are really picking up the bill for Australia’s drinking.

“There’s a gap of about $5-6 billion between how much tax we collect and what it costs government and taxpayers to actually deliver to pick up the pieces of that drinking.

“We want to prevent people from dying.”

Listen to the full interview below