In May 2015, Cancer Council NSW responded to the Australian Treasury on the Competition Policy Review Final Report.
Alcohol is not an ordinary commodity due to the short and long-term health and social issues it causes, including chronic disease, mental health issues, accidents, physical abuse and trauma. Alcohol places a great burden on the Australian health system. Therefore regulation that restricts access, availability, marketing and supply of alcohol at the expense of competition and deregulation are not only warranted but vital if we are to health and social consequences of both short-term high level and long-term moderate alcohol consumption. Competition issues should not take precedence while alcohol remains a public health priority.