Floor price win
SO, 85 per cent in the NT News poll didn’t support the floor price on alcohol (11 Oct, 2018).
Perhaps more questions should have been asked. Like, would you support a measure that helps reduce alcohol-fuelled violence, something that seniors and women are particularly affected by? If you’re a police officer, an ambo, wouldn’t you be hanging out for a tool that helps reduce road accidents?
Once I had a partner, a public servant, who drank heavily. One day while driving home he failed to take the corner to my place. Thank heavens. Because otherwise he’d have cleared up the half a dozen little boys playing in my drive.
His friends and family accepted his excuse – it was ‘just an accident’. He was usually ‘such a safe driver’. Yet, according to the police this man’s blood alcohol level was .49, then the highest recorded in Australia. If there had been a minimum floor price this man and those who supported his runaway habit might have got the message.
It was then I began supporting the Australian Democrats’ stand on the floor price. Now, there’s solid research showing minimum floor prices work, not just for alcohol but for tobacco and even marijuana. But they are only one tool.
Yes, everyone now has to pay a little more for their cheap wine now, even the Liquor Commission member who told me when I first got involved that it was his wife’s “right to have a glass of cheap wine” after a hard day’s work.
Wouldn’t you and your family prefer the right to feel safer on the roads and in your neighbourhood, to have your little kids playing happily, and safely in your drive?
Dr Denise Goodfellow,