Greens call for 20 per cent ‘sugar tax’ on drinks

The Greens will today call for a blanket 20 per cent “sugar tax” on soft drinks to tackle obesity, a measure estimated to collect $500 million a year.

The move, which would add about 20 cents to the supermarket price of a can of Coca-Cola, could lead to a fall in consumption of 12 per cent, according to research cited by the Greens.

“The Australian Greens accept that challenge,” said the party’s leader, Richard Di Natale, who will make his case for the tax at an obesity summit at Sydney University on Wednesday.

Read Article By Michael Koziol (SMH)