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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00171.htm Tax Hike Bad News For Drinkers Wednesday, 31 May 2000, 9:32 am Press Release: 31 May 2000 News Release Tax Hike Bad News For Drinkers An expected 1.8 per cent hike in excise taxes tomorrow is bad news for drinkers said Thomas Chin, Chief Executive Officer of the Distilled Spirits Association. "Spirit drinkers will be gobsmacked to learn that over $16 of the retail price on a typical bottle of spirits is excise tax. Add in the Alcohol Advisory Council levy and GST and you’re up to $18 tax on your favourite drink", said Mr Chin. [....]

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