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Alcohol Excise Duty Proposal
Better New Zealand proposes to remove all excise tax on Alcohol.
Excise Duty on alcohol was first imposed in 1802 to fund the Napoleonic wars. It remained a minor source of government revenue until its discovery in the 2000's by academic theorists and crusading politicians as a means of controlling “bad” behaviors caused by alcohol consumption.
The policy has failed.
Excise Duties cannot solve social problems
Excise duty on alcohol has instead caused considerable harm to society and consumers of alcohol.
It has increased costs for people on low income lowering their capacity to cover their costs of living.
It will leave more disposable and discretionary income in the hands of the less well off.
Better New Zealand believes that there are effective ways of controlling the harm caused by some people in their alcohol consumption.