Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Scoop Audio - Keep It 18 Convenes

Scoop Audio: Keep It 18 Convenes


If there’s one thing student politicians will cross the party line for, it’s the right to party.

That was the message Thursday as the youth wings of Young Labour, Young Nationals, Young Greens and ACT On Campus banded together to protest raising the drinking age from 18 to 20.

Calling themselves the Keep It 18 coalition, the group refuted the findings of a recent Law Commission report on liquor law reform which recommended, among other policies, revoking the 1999 decision to lower the drinking age to 18.

The Commission’s “Curbing The Harm” report found one in three men aged 18-24 drank “enough to feel drunk” at least once a week, while offenders aged 17 – 19 were the most likely to have consumed alcohol beforehand.

But Keep it 18 spokesperson Jenna Raeburn said she disagreed with the Commission’s interpretation of the figures.

“The Law Commission defines binge drinking as someone who goes out and drinks four glasses of wine at a time – I don’t think that’s particularly fair.”

“The Law Commission looks at that kind of drinking as something that is negative and uses that information to then say a very large number of people are drinking in an irresponsible way,” she said.

Raeburn said there was a culture of binge drinking in New Zealand but young people were being scapegoated.

It was a minority of 18- and 19-year olds who were causing the problem, she said, and the government could not change the drinking culture by banning young people from drinking altogether.

“You have to encourage them to be able to drink in a positive way, and this report doesn’t even allow an 18- or 19-year-old person to go to a restaurant with their parents and having a glass of wine over a meal.”

Banning under-20s would reduce alcohol abuse, she said, but Keep It 18’s members were standing on principle.

“The thing you also do at the same time is criminalise 140,000 18- and 19-year olds who just want to go out and have a few drinks with their friends.

“If you take that argument to its extreme then you might as well ban it altogether,” she said.

The group did not take a position on other proposals such as advertising and minimum prices, but Raeburn said they favoured policies which promoted individual responsibility.

The 22-year-old law student floated a $250 fine for drinkers picked up by police as one option.

“If that happens, I think that’s something we’d all be willing to discuss,” she said.

ENDS

Press
Play To Start
Audio Playing….


DOWNLOAD MP3


ENDS

*******************


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Latest Allegations Against Helen Clark

According to former PM and UNDP leader current Helen Clark, the allegations leveled at her this week in a Foreign Policy magazine article by the prize-winning UN journalist Colum Lynch have been ‘totally fabricated’. Hmmm. That would be very, very surprising. More>>

Letter From The Editor: The State Of Scoop

Gordon Campbell: The PledgeMe campaign currently being run by the Scoop Foundation does provide a useful opportunity to update you on what gets done with your money. Further down the track, other documents will set out what we plan to do, resources permitting. For now, lets stick with the practical nuts and bolts. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Rise Of The Far Right (And Battle Bots)

In his victory speech at the Cannes film festival this week, the British film director Ken Loach [pictued] warned that the rise of far right parties in Europe was being fuelled by the economic policies of austerity, and manifested in a welfare bureaucracy that systematically denies assistance to those in most need. More>>

Julienne Molineaux: Stuff-Me - The Newspaper Gobble-Up

In New Zealand, concentration of newspaper ownership via mergers and acquisitions has a long pre-digital history. The trends of declining readership and fragmented audiences began before digital content, and mergers and acquisitions proceeded apace, enabled by weak legislative protections. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Foundation Membership Drive:

The Scoop Foundation: The best chance to create an independent guardian for public interest journalism in NZ

The Scoop Foundation is seeking public support to safeguard the future of public interest journalism in New Zealand. To ensure public access to comprehensive, free, timely news is maintained during this dark hour for journalism. And to provide every voice in NZ the opportunity to be heard in the national debate. More>>
PLEDGE NOW: Journalism: A New Model - The 2016 Scoop Foundation Membership Drive

Scoop Foundation Timeline:

Gordon Campbell: On Trump And The Madman Theory

Years ago, Richard Nixon explained to his chief adviser Bob Haldeman what has since become known as the “Madman Theory” of foreign policy. Basically, if America’s rivals could be reminded that Nixon was an unstable, rabid anti-Communist with his finger on the nuclear trigger, Nixon reasoned, then maybe they’d be less willing to challenge the US in the world’s hot spots… More>>

Australia And The South China Sea: Another Foreign Policy Blunder Looming

James O’Neill: The overblown rhetoric from the United States has led at least one commentator to describe so-called ‘analyses’ of the South China Sea situation as “the biggest load of analytical rubbish about South East Asia to emerge since the CIA mistook bee feces for a Soviet-supplied biological weapon in 1981.” More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news