It’s no real mystery that Australia is well-known for liking its booze. Internally, authority figures seem to be constantly struggling to balance promoting responsibility and restraint with what is generally embraced as a part of the national identity. Most any popular leisure activity in Australia not just involves booze, but encompasses it as part of the activity itself and is marketed as such, however large public events have been growing increasingly violent, causing an ever-growing wave of self-doubt about both its internal impact and the global reputation.
As today’s example of current priorities, take the following story on a current senator promoting making pre-mixed booze and wine coolers, known in Oz as “alcopops”, cheaper as a good thing “for the kids”.
My favorite quote of the article:
He rejected suggestions that cheaper alcopops meant teenaged girls could get drunk more easily.
“That’s quite a silly question,” he said.
And from the comments:
Scott of Sydney Posted at 3:25pm today
I’m a Labor voter but I’m glad this tax was defeated. Occasionally if I feel like buying a 4 pack of Wild Turkeys to drink over the weekend I should not have to pay $20 + for it!