Floor price win

NT News - - OPINION -

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,

Dar­win River

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