In November 2014, Cancer Council NSW responded to the Australian Treasury on the Competition Policy Review draft report in relation to alcohol.
Alcohol is not an ordinary commodity and therefore regulation that restricts access, availability and marketing and supply of alcohol at the expense of competition and deregulation are warranted. Competition issues should not take precedence while alcohol remains a public health priority. A comprehensive approach to alcohol policy is required to reduce the burden of both short- and long-term harms caused by alcohol consumption, including the risk of cancer. This includes maintaining provisions in Competition Policy that may restrict liquor retailers.