More than 80 community leaders and organisations have signed a letter to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, urging the Federal Government to abandon plans to cut the price of alcohol.
Last year the Federal Government announced tax cuts to producers hit by Covid-19, and there is concerns that something similar could happen in this year’s budget.
The latest national data shows alcohol-induced deaths increased by 8.3 per cent, and calls to the national alcohol and other drug hotline doubled.
FARE CEO Caterina Giorgi says it doesn’t make any sense.
“Why would we give $150 million plus to alcohol producers, when we could give it to service providers who could do so much to help people who are really struggling,” Giorgi said.
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