Feb 6, 2018

What if we dramatically cut our sugar consumption? Um, we already did.

Australians have already reduced their soft drink consumption by far more than a sugar tax would ever achieve -- but we still got fatter.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

This is the second instalment in a two-part series. Read part one here.

The rationale for a sugar tax goes something like this: increasing the price of soft drinks will lead to decreased demand for them and lower consumption of sugar; as a result, people will lose weight, with attendant public health benefits.

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