The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance (ATA) today released their submission to the Australian Senate Select Committee into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia and commended the government and Labor for opposing sugar taxes on Australian families.
“It’s sad that the Australian Greens and multimillionaire British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver are pushing for working Australians to pay more for food through a regressive sugar tax when these taxes have failed to improve public health in five countries which have tried them.” Said Satya Marar, Director of Policy at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. “Obesity prevalence has increased despite falling sugar consumption in Australia, as consumer preferences have changed and diet or no sugar alternatives have entered the market. Where is the justification for more heavy-handed nanny state intervention into our private lives to punish ordinary Australians for our indulgences?
“Policies that promote informed consumer choice by empowering us to make our own responsible decisions, as well as measures that promote a balanced and active life in an age where 70% of Australian adults live a sedentary lifestyle, are proven to improve public health outcomes in Australia, Japan and The Netherlands. Coercive taxes intended to force consumers to behave in the manner proscribed by public health bureaucrats, are proven to fail and have had negligible impact in reducing obesity in Denmark, France, Hungary, Mexico and Chile.
“Australian taxpayers already shoulder one of the developed world’s highest tax burdens and deserve fairness – not a shameless cash grab that transfers wealth from them to government agencies and taxpayer-funded health activists.”
The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance is a 75,000+ member grassroots public advocacy group standing for taxpayers’ welfare, accountable government and a roll-back of the nanny state.