Lambie calls for Craft Distillery Industry Tax Reform

Independent Senator for Tasmania, Jacqui Lambie has used a Senate adjournment speech to make public the details of a letter she sent to Prime Minister Turnbull, which calls for Craft Distillery Industry Tax Reform.

“In Tasmania alone, there are at least 14 distilleries, (among more than 50 Australia wide) which produce some of the finest Whiskeys and Gins in the world.” said Senator Lambie.

“My speech to the Senate and letter to the PM was inspired by my visit to award winning Whiskey Distiller - Lark Distillery where I met Bill Lark. Bill is a proud Tasmanian who has worked hard and now is one of the best whisky makers in the world.” said Senator Lambie.

“Under the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) rebate, all Australian winemakers regardless of size can sell $1.7 million worth of wine without paying any alcohol tax. In effect, they can put that wine into the market alcohol tax free.

The brewery refund scheme provides eligible independent breweries with a beer excise refund up to a maximum of $30,000 per financial year.  This is available to all breweries. In contrast, distillers receive no such assistance in any form. I think it's time the Government gave the Craft Distillery Industry a hand up with a tax reform package that ended the discrimination against spirits.” said Senator Lambie.