Goon Could Cost Over $45 Under New Government Plan
The Government is constantly hiking up the prices on various items to help better the health of Australians. It now seems like their love affair with inflating the price of alcohol every time binge drinking becomes an issue is set to continue.
A new plan is being considered by Federal and State officials that could see the price of the good ol’ humble goon bag skyrocket and reduce any cheap alcohol loving Aussie to tears.
If the drafted plan is implemented, it would prevent the price of alcohol falling below a certain level. This is in an attempt to curb binge drinking by making booze more expensive, if their logic is to be believed.
Under the plan, a rough price base of $1.50 per standard drink would apply to all alcohol sales. To put this into perspective, a slab of Victoria Bitter would rise from around $47 to over $50. A similar price rise for bottles of wine would see a $7 bottle cost slightly over $10 in the same scenario.
However, it is the humble goon bag - beloved by many Australians - that would be hit the hardest out of the bunch. A four-litre cask of white wine that currently retails at around $10 would increase to an eye-watering $45 minimum. This is due to the fact that the cask carries around 30 standard drinks.
A flat taxation rate for alcohol is also included in the drafted plan. This would replace the myriad of different tax rates for beer, wine, and spirits that currently exists. Seeing as wine is the least taxed at the moment, the flat tax rate would hit wine lovers the hardest.
A number of various proposed measures, including restrictions on alcohol advertising during sporting events, asking alcohol companies to put “readable, impactful health-related warning labels” on products, linked ID scanners at venues to prevent repeat offenders from entering licensed premises, and undercover checks on liquor stores to ensure underage children aren’t being sold booze are all included in the draft plan.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has distanced himself from the plan. A spokesperson for his office has suggested that it is up to the States to implement some or all of the proposals on the draft plan.
Either way, $45 for a sack of cheap wine totally breaks the Australian spirit!