Taxation

Tobacco Taxes for Health

The AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY PARTY proposes that tobacco excise and duty collections be set aside and used solely for health promotion, research and treatment.

 (At present, the federal government already collects excise duty on Australian-made tobacco products and collects customs duty on imported tobacco products. The amount of this collection is around $8 billion per annum.) 

Directing the tobacco taxation monies solely to health promotion, research and treatment will address the shortfalls in health expenditure, particularly hospitals’ funding.

 It may also serve to generate more of the high-quality medical research for which Australia is famous.

 The AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY PARTY believes that it would be more honest and appropriate to assign tobacco taxes only to health expenditure, because the taxes are collected on the basis of improving health.

 It also addresses “the user pays” principle, because tobacco users are much more likely to incur hospital and other medical costs which are funded directly or indirectly by the federal government.

 The AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY PARTY is committed to providing high-quality policy that puts Australia first, and politics second. This policy is a strong example of honesty and transparency in government that should be supported by all parties.