Thanks so much for signing the petition to support craft brewers.
The emergence and rapid growth of the craft beer industry presents a unique opportunity for regional communities like ours to create local jobs and diversify our economy. But the Federal tax system means that independent brewers aren't competing on an even playing field.
Currently, less federal excise is charged for a 50 litre keg than a 30 litre keg, to the detriment of smaller operators. Given that federal excise can make up 40 per cent of operating costs for small breweries, this can make a huge difference. This isn't right!
I will continue to put pressure on the Turnbull Government to remove unfair taxes that are benefitting big beer manufacturers at the expense of smaller independent brewers.
Federal Member for Newcastle