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Industry voice September 1, 2009 saw the release of the final Preventative Health Taskforce (PHT) Report containing over 30 pages of alcohol policy recommendations that were developed without any real consultation with industry. Those recommendations, if implemented in their entirety will have a dramatic impact on the alcohol beverage production and retailing industry and go far beyond what the policy initiatives were designed to do. Industry members raised concerns that the well intended policy direction commissioned by the government through their PHT would be lost, as it appeared the public would see many of the recommendations to be unrealistic and / or too interventionist in their lives. As expected, the community now seems to have rejected the PHT 128 | drinks yearbook alcohol policy recommendations with comments like “nanny state”, “removing personal freedom of choice”, “discriminates against the very many people who apply a bit of self-discipline and make a determined effort to look after their own health and welfare”. In a report which monitored public reaction to the PHT recommendations on alcohol policy for the week following its release (September 1 to 8, 2009), an overwhelming 77 per cent of public commentary was against the recommendations. The report monitored public opinion in press including letters-to-the-editor and published SMS’s, radio talkback callers and SMS and internet online comments posted on news websites. In October, the Productivity Commission handed down a draft report as part of its inquiry into gambling. The report made several draft recommendations. The Full Bench of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission released the ‘Wine Industry Award 2010’ that replaced various Federal and State awards from 1 January 2010. In November a Senate inquiry into two separate pieces of legislation concerning gaming machines was announced. The inquiry was later postponed until after the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Australia’s Gambling Industries completes its final report in February, 2010. Australian Liquor Stores Association Terry Mott Chief executive o† cer Policy and legislation (continued)


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