Senate debates

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Alcohol Abuse

3:41 pm

Photo of Andrew MurrayAndrew Murray (WA, Australian Democrats) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate, noting concern in the community at the abuse of alcohol, asks that the Government refer the following matter to an appropriate body or a specially-established task force for inquiry and report:
The need to significantly reduce alcohol abuse in Australia, especially in geographic or demographic hot spots, and what the Commonwealth, states and territories should separately and jointly do with respect to:
the pricing of alcohol, including taxation;
the marketing of alcohol; and
regulating the distribution, availability and consumption of alcohol.
In undertaking the inquiry regard is to be had to:
economic as well as social issues;
alcohol rehabilitation and education;
the need for a flexible responsive and adaptable regulatory regime; and
the need for a consistent harmonised Australian approach.

Question put.