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Ninety-nine cent bottle of wine leads experts to call for a wine tax overhaul

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There’s calls for an overhaul of how wine is taxed in Australia after a Preston pop-up shop started selling a bottle of wine for just .99c.

Cheapa Wines is selling up to 1000 bottles a week of the stuff.

Michael Thorn chief executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education says even though the wine has an alcohol content of 5.5%, to sell it so cheaply poses serious risks.

‘That makes it about three cans of mid-strength beer. You wouldn’t expect to be able to buy those three cans for 99c,’ says Mr Thorn.

‘To demonstrate that’s the way wine is taxed in Australia is highly problematic and needs to be changed.’ 

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