This is another example of how democracy works in Australia...

Australia
March 29, 2008 4:56pm CST
A survey of 1,000 Australians has found more than half would support a levy on alcohol sales to fund treatment and prevention services. You go in an affluent suburb in the Sydney North Shore where people drink in moderation or not at all. Better still... you go there while the husband is at work... so that you are dealing with a non drinker housewife... and you ask your question. You get 550 positive responses to your question... that's 550 people talking in the name of 20 million Australians... and you throw your headline out... Aussies support new alcohol levy - poll http://au.news.yahoo.com/071209/2/157hd.html
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@friendship (2085)
• Canada
29 Mar 08
Aussies2007, Don't you think government will make its decision based on such poll? In my opinion, making a sample of 1000 responses is often not accurate in order to make an important decision. Besides, we should know where those questionnaires were distributed. Also, who would have responded such questionnaires? Poll especially for online poll only gives a big picture -- what trend is going to have.
• Australia
29 Mar 08
It is something that the government has decided to do of its own accord. It just run a fake poll to get approval in order to do it. As Caramello just mentioned above... they did the same trick last January when our Prime Minister decided to say "Sorry" to the aborigines. They do it with everything. Just about every motorist objects to fixed speed cameras... but the government tells us that the majority of people support speed cameras. Yes... all those who don't have a car do.
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