Sugar sweetened beverage tax for Australia

Proposition 1: The best economic policy instrument available to policy makers seeking to address obesity and related health issues in Australia is the introduction of a tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs).

Proposition 2: The health and non-health benefits from a tax on SSBs are likely to outweigh the possible costs felt elsewhere in the economy.

Collaborator credits: we would like to thank Professor Emily Lancsar for her assistance in framing this poll question and for her expert overview of the results.

Overview of poll results by Professor Emily Lancsar

Emily Lancsar

Emily Lancsar

Australia and the international community are facing what is often referred to as an ‘obesity epidemic’.

More than one in four Australian adults are obese. Sixty four percent of adults and 27 percent of children aged 5-17 years are classified as overweight or obese.

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Proposition 1

NEP-Q31-Prop1 Chart Responses

NEP-Q31-Prop1 Chart Responses weighted

Proposition 2

NEP Q31 Prop2 Chart 1 Responses