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Thursday
Sep192013

AUSTRALIA GETS ANOTHER BEER TAX HIKE

 

Australia's everyman staple, the humble slab of full-strength beer, has jumped by 29 cents overnight thanks to a Government tax hike.

While most working Australians are calling for a break from the automatic annual excise rise (which happened with the petrol excise a few years back), nobody is holding out realistic hope with noted wowser, Tony Abbott, installed as Australian Prime Minister.

The man who was once groomed for priesthood won't hear of easing back on the automatic excise rise, introduced in the 1980s by Prime Minister Bob Hawke as a way of avoiding an annual round of bad news for voting drinkers.

The latest round of hikes sees another cent on every beer poured in a bar, hotel or club going to Government coffers, another 11 cents a slab on light beer and another eight cents for every six pack. Every case of beer now attracts $15.63 in Federal excise, which would pretty much buy a slab of beer itself in Germany.

The irony is that Hawke's name entered the Guinness Book of Records for downing a yard glass (2.5 imperial pints or 1.4 litres) of beer in 11 seconds at the Turf Tavern while fulfilling his Rhodes Scholar commitments in Oxford.

While he swore off beer during his political days, the wily old stager returned to winning ways recently at the Sydney Cricket Ground after goading from a crowd of Hawkeys. 

But don't get too taken with him. It's his fault that you'll still pay more beer tax in Australia than most other western countries.

 

 

 

 

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