From the department of it bodes ill for Malcolm if this was accurate:
The Opposition has blamed the Government's alcopop tax for pushing up inflation.If Malcolm Turnbull thinks that putting a tax on a small segment of alcoholic drinks is somehow responsible for pushing inflation up to 4.5% he's an idiot.
Figures released today show that inflation surged ahead in the June quarter to stand at 4.5 per cent for the year, well ahead of economists' forecasts.
Mr Turnbull says the tax increase on pre-mixed drinks, is adding to the rising cost of living because CPI figures show the price of spirits rose by 6.1 per cent in the June quarter.
"One thing the Government could have done was choose to not put up the price of alcohol but it did and it has flowed into the inflation numbers," he said.
The Government imposed the tax in what it said was an effort to curb binge drinking.
Mr Turnbull says planned increases in the cost of luxury cars and changes to the Medicare levy will also push up inflation.
"How can you be fighting inflation when you're putting up the price of alcohol, putting up the price of health insurance, putting up the price of motor cars?" he said.