The Herald Sun claims to have seen a confidential government report proposing an increase to the price of pre-mixed drinks (also known as alcopops). Believed to be supported by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Health Minister Nicola Roxon, the move would reverse the price reduction that occured under the Howard government with the introduction of the GST in 2000. The move would assist in the government's campaign against youth binge drinking according to doctors and anti-alcohol groups. Australia has the highest per capita consumption of alcopops in the world, double that of the next biggest consumers, Britain and New Zealand - and most of these are being consumed by the demographic under increased scrutiny: young people.
Source: Herald Sun