The Foundation prepares submissions to public consultation processes on matters relevant to our work in alcohol policy. A list of our most recent submissions is included below.
29 May 2014: The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory Select Committee on action to prevent Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
FARE acknowledges that the Australian Government is striving to achieve significant savings in the 2014-15 Budget and therefore this submission outlines areas of budget saving and small budget expenditure items. The items for budget expenditure are far outweighed by the projected savings that can be obtained from reforming Australia’s alcohol taxation system. One could easily pay for the other. These proposed strategies are:
Budget saving of $4.52 billion over four years:
o Replacing the Wine Equalisation Tax with a volumetric tax; and
o Abolishing the Wine Equalisation Tax Rebate.
Budget expenditure of $85.5 million over four years:
o Restore funding to the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia;
o Implement a comprehensive National Action Plan for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD);
o Continue to fund the Community Sponsorship Fund;
o Introduce a structured screening and brief intervention program for alcohol; and
o Develop and implement a national social marketing campaign to raise awareness about alcohol-related harms.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Review of the Tasmanian Liquor Licensing Act 1990 (the Act). This Review provides the Tasmanian Government with the opportunity to prioritise evidence-based policies to reduce alcohol-related harms.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) thanks you for the opportunity to respond to the Statutory Review of the Liquor Act 2007 and the Gaming And Liquor Administration Act 2007 (Explanatory Paper). This review provides the New South Wales (NSW) Government with an opportunity to reform liquor licensing and prioritise evidence-based policies that are proven to reduce alcohol-related harms.
FARE supports the submission prepared by the NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) to the Review process.
FARE welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the South Australian Parliament Social Development Committee Inquiry into the Sale and Consumption of Alcohol. This Inquiry provides the South Australian Government with the opportunity to reform current alcohol policies and prioritise evidence-based policies which will reduce alcohol-related harms.
FARE welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Liquor and Gaming (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013. This submission will focus on the alcohol-related components of the proposed Bill, which are considered the most problematic.
FARE welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Review of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act). This review of the Act provides the West Australian Government with an opportunity to reform liquor licensing and prioritise evidence-based policies that will reduce alcohol-related harms.
FARE welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission on the Australian Preventive Health Agency’s (ANPHA) Issues Paper Alcohol Advertising: The effectiveness of current regulatory codes in addressing community concerns (ANPHA Issues Paper).
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) provided a submission to the Inquiry into strategies to reduce alcohol abuse among young people in New South Wales, making 29 recommendations on ways to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harms among young people.
FARE’s submission on the Wine in Supermarkets Discussion Paper and Draft Liquor Licencing (Sale of Wine in Supermarkets) Amendment Bill 2013, builds a strong case against the proposed legislation, arguing that the increased availability of alcohol would result in increased consumption and harms.
In December 2012, FARE provided a submission to the Australian National Preventive Health Agency’s draft report Exploring the public interest case for a minimum (floor) price for alcohol.
FARE acknowledges that the Commonwealth Government is committed to reaching a surplus in the 2013-14 Budget; therefore, this submission outlines areas of cost savings for Government, as well as areas where modest investment will make a significant difference to communities and individuals. These are to:
In October 2012, FARE provided a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s domestic response to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health report: Closing the gap within a generation.
In August 2012, FARE provided a submission to the NSW Legislative Assembly Social Policy Committee: Inquiry into the Provision of Alcohol to Minors.
On Friday 24 August 2012, FARE provided a submission to the Australian National Preventive Health Agency’s consultation into ‘Exploring the public interest case for a minimum (floor) price for alcohol.
In late December the Treasurer called for pre-budget submissions from ‘families, individuals, businesses and community groups’ with ‘ideas and priorities for the 2012-13 Budget’. FARE prepared a pre-budget submission and called for the Government to take action in five key areas to:
FARE and the Public Health Association of Australia provided a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs: Inquiry into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
The Foundation provided a submission to the Australian Government’s Tax Forum. The submission outlines the case for immediate alcohol taxation reform and suggests that the first step must be changing the wine equalisation tax to a volumetric tax.
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The Foundation provided a submission to the government consultation process on specific aspects of the Labelling Logic report on food labelling. Within the submission the Foundation called for health warning labels to be applied to all alcohol products sold in Australia.
The submission outlines a labelling regime that includes at least 5 specific warning labels, rotated across all products, with one label focusing on the harms of consuming alcohol while pregnant. The Foundation specified that this regime needs to be government regulated and accompanied by a multi-faceted public education campaign.
In June 2011 the Foundation made a joint submission with the Public Health Association of Australia to Food Standards Australia and New Zealand regarding an application by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia to lower the regulated minimum alcohol content of wine.
In October 2010 the Foundation made a submission to the Commonwealth Government consultation process regarding the development of a Community Sponsorship Fund under the National Binge Drinking Strategy.