Australia Says No to Sugar Tax

August 2, 2018 Taxation in Australia

Sugar taxCANBERRA – Australia won’t enact a sugar tax, as it is not the government’s job to tell people what to eat and drink.

The government of Australia has made it clear that it does not intend to enact a tax on sugar and sugar-sweetened beverages.

The government had received a recommendation from the Centre for Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood to launch a 20 percent tax on soft drinks, and other sugar-laden drinks.

The move was meant to address the growing problem of obesity and obesity-related health issues in Australia.

In particular, the tax would have been aimed at reducing the sugar intake levels of children up to the age of five.

The Centre has found that as many as 27 percent of Australian children are overweight or obese by the time they reach five years old.

However, the government claims that sugary beverages are not the only element which leads to obesity in children.

Further, Rural Health Minister Bridget McKenzie conceded that Australia does have an obesity problem, but stated that it is not “the government’s business to decide what people should eat and drink.”