That the House:—
(1) Notes that obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers.
(2) Understands that high sugar foods and drinks are a primary contributor to increasing rates of obesity in the Tasmanian Community.
(3) Further notes with concern that the average volume of sugar-sweetened soft drink consumed each year by Australians has increased from 47 litres per person in the 1970s to 113 litres per person in recent years.
(4) Recognises that Dr Tim Greenaway, President of AMA Tasmania, has publicly called on the Government to consider a sugar tax, and a whole-of-government approach to reducing sugar consumption in our community.
(5) Further understands tackling the sugar epidemic requires political leadership to take on the fast –food and soft drink companies, and to invest in healthy active communities.
(6) Further recognises that despite the Minister for Health, Hon Michael Ferguson MP’s vision to make Tasmania the healthiest population by 2025 and an alleged focus on reducing obesity, the Government is yet to identify specific targets, performance indicators, or a systemic response to obesity reduction.
(7) Calls on the Minister for Health to abandon his ‘nanny state’ rhetoric and focus on individual responsibility, and to develop a Sugar Strategy, including actions to remove high-sugar foods and drinks from schools, hospitals and other government buildings.