LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sir – Country Liberals leader Lia Finocchiaro should stop peddling anecdotes from take-away liquor licensees, take a deep breath, and wait for the Minimum Unit Price (alcohol floor price) evaluation which is due out in a few short weeks.
Her feverish outburst in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, during which she called for the floor price to be dropped because she had heard from alcohol outlets that people were buying more grog, was ill-advised.
It beggars belief that the new Opposition Leader would rely on anecdotes from liquor retailers to tell the Assembly that more alcohol has been sold since the floor price came in, and demand that the Government get rid of the floor price on that basis.
If that is what passes for evidence with any elected Member, we are in trouble.
The Country Liberals supported the floor price, along with other reforms, until they did a sudden backflip last year.
Now they want it abandoned, as they abandoned the Banned Drinker Register after the 2012 election, with no evaluation, and despite the fact that it was going well.
Let’s see what the skilled and qualified researchers come up with, rather than being swayed by whispers and rumours from liquor licensees before we have the evidence in front of us,” said Dr. Boffa.
Dr John Boffa (pictured)
People’s Alcohol Action Coalition