Dozens of countries now tax sugary drinks but sweet-toothed Australia isn’t interested!

This year five countries, including Ireland, the United Kingdom and South Africa, will join 26 nations who have raised the price of sugary drinks in the hope of a healthier population.

Meanwhile, Australia – one of the fattest countries in the world – is defiantly refusing to consider a so-called “sugar tax”.

The Australian sugar and beverage industries have been working hard to keep the so-called “sugar tax” off the policy table of both major political parties. “Zero chance,” the Turnbull government has said.

Obesity is an international conundrum, sparking fierce policy brawls as the beverage industry attempts to slap down health groups.

Funnily, both parties are pointing to Mexico – one of the first to impose a substantial sugary drinks tax for health-related reasons – as a significant piece of evidence. Read more…

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