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Hundreds of supermarket items could get more expensive: Here’s why

A federal parliamentary probe into diabetes has recommended slapping a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), and it has the backing of the Australian Medical Association (AMA).

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Aussies could soon be forced to spend even more money on hundreds of supermarket items.

Here's why a federal parliamentary probe into diabetes has recommended slapping a tax on sugar sweetened beverages, and it has the backing of the Australian Medical Association.

The A MA predicts a sugar tax could result in 16,000 fewer Type two diabetes cases as well as 4400 fewer cases of heart and 1100 fewer cases of stroke over 25 years.

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A MA president, Professor Steve Robson, said AM A's modelling suggests a sugar tax could result in government revenue of $4 billion across four years, which could be used to fund further preventative health activities.

He added.

We are 100% behind the sugar tax on sugar sweetened beverages.

Prevention is better than QR and this inquiry has realised we need to be ahead of what is a national health crisis.

The A MA said a proposed tax rate of 40 cents per 100 grammes of sugar would raise the retail price of the average supermarket sugary drink by 20%.

The tax would likely increase the cost of items like soft drinks, cordial juices, sweetened coffee and teas, sports drinks and other beverages.

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