Sugar tax: Come on Australia, let’s do this!

By Phoebe McCreath + Ashley Cameron |

IQS: Sugar Tax in Australia

You may have noticed that the sugar tax is once again making headlines across Australia… and for good reason!

Last week, the Australian government was hit with an eight-point plan called “Tipping The Scales”, a strategy to tackle the rising obesity problem. And yes, a sugar tax is an important piece of this puzzle.

As you may know, and the IQS team spearheaded calls for an Australian sugar tax early last year. And we’ve got great news because we’ve just in the hopes we can take advantage of global momentum and get this tax across the line once and for all!

Why is this so important now?

Put simply, are now consuming the highest amounts of sugar of any age group, with some exceeding ! That’s more than six times the World Health Organisation’s recommendation. And, a whopping of Australians are either overweight or obese. This is now classed as an .

Here’s hoping the Aussie government will finally pay attention to these shocking stats, and the latest call for change.

What about the rest of the world?

We’ve already seen other countries lead by example and reap the rewards…

  • Portugal, who introduced a sugar tax in February, have reduced their soft drink sales by . They’re now looking at implementing to get manufacturers to cut down the sugar content of their products even further.
  • Following in the footsteps of , will also introduce a sugar tax in April next year! This has motivated to lower the sugar content in their confectionary. Win, win.
  • Mexico has had a sugar tax for nearly FOUR years now, and has had nothing but sweet success! With a , it begs the question, why has Australia not jumped on board yet?

As our founder and director, , says “Let’s get it out there and make a difference! Tell the Aussie Government it’s time for a sugar tax on soft drinks!”

Spread the word and show your support for a sugar tax in Australia by signing the Keys2words petition at !

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