A Tax on Junk
A health group is urging the Government to put a tax on junk food.
Public Health Australia says the money raised could go to subsidising
healthy food, so that it's cheaper and more attractive to shoppers.
Chief executive of Public Health Australia, Michael Moore, says a sugar tax
would be no different from taxing tobacco.
"In the end, whilst the industry is making big profits out of junk food,
it's actually the taxpayer that's paying for the results," he said.
"And you only have to look at the health costs, and the skyrocketing health
costs, relating to obesity and other dietary related diseases to realise
it's just a transfer of money from the taxpayer to big industry."
Recently the health ministers unanimously rejected so called traffic light
labels on food - to indicate red for bad and green for good healthy food.
But Michael Moore is optimistic about alternative labelling.