Australia's beer tax has been automatically increasing every six month for the last 35 years.
Dr James Muecke is urging Scott Morrison’s government to enact a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks.
The government’s refusal to “split the bill” holds the first hostage to the fate of the third and least affordable.
"Sugary drinks tax is no silver bullet."
Studies show tax increase will be only half as effective as planned in reducing consumption.
Adding tax to beverages will help counter the obesity problem.
Prime Minister resists calls from Sydney small businesses to promise further tax relief.