Australia needs a sugar tax: Senate report

Australia's obesity epidemic should be targeted through a sugar tax and advertising restrictions, a Greens-led Senate committee has recommended.

A sugar tax should be slapped on soft drinks and other sweetened beverages, a Senate inquiry into Australia's obesity epidemic has recommended.

Greens leader and committee chair Richard Di Natale, who is a former general practitioner, said similar taxes in other countries had led to manufacturers reducing sugar content in products.

"This isn't just something that affects consumption, but it also affects production and what we see is healthier products being made available," Senator Di Natale told parliament on Wednesday.

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