Mike Daube and Todd Harper from the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) have published a strong piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, outlining the shortcomings of our political leaders when it comes to tackling the issue of alcohol.
Our political leaders agree that we have a national alcohol problem. We know that some ministers and politicians from all parties understand the need for action. So why do governments fail to act? The only conclusions one can reach are that lobbying from the alcohol industry trumps health, police and community concerns, and that ministers who want to act are trumped by political hardheads.