Sugar tax ‘will come’

The Weekend Post - - Nation -

A TAX on sug­ary drinks to re­duce obe­sity is “in­evitable”, the out­go­ing Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent says.

In his fi­nal speech be­fore leav­ing the top job, Dr Michael Gan­non said he ex­pected to see an Aus­tralian tax sim­i­lar to those in­tro­duced re­cently in Bri­tain and Ireland.

“In fact it is so sim­ple, and so ob­vi­ous, I worry that it will be seen by a fu­ture gov­ern­ment as a ‘sil­ver bul­let’ to what is a much more com­plex health and so­cial pol­icy is­sue,” Dr Gan­non told the AMA’s na­tional con­fer­ence in Can­berra yes­ter­day.

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