Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Anti-smoking Zealots Exhibit Hypocrisy

Anti-smoking Zealots Exhibit Hypocrisy

Friday, October 12 2001 Rodney Hide Press Releases -- Commerce


ACT MP Rodney Hide today accused Labour, Alliance and the Greens of gross hypocrisy for attempting to ram through legislation effectively banning smoking in most pubs.

"This Government wants to outlaw every person's right to light up when they're having a beer in the pub at the end of a hard day's work. The legislation tramples on property rights by denying pub owners the right to set their own rules in their own establishments.

"Labour's voters are going to be horrified when they get to the pub and find the smoking police stubbing out their cigarettes.

"Reformed smoker Helen Clark and her pious friends are trying to impose their Nanny-State zeal on the rest of us. Even the hypocrites in the Greens, who would have us all smoking marijuana, want to outlaw nicotine.

"ACT is the only party that can say none of our MPs smoke. No other party can say that.

"Yet we are alone standing up for the rights and choices of bar owners to set their own rules in their establishments.

"ACT has surveyed every bar in the country. Ninety-five percent of respondents want this legislation to be halted - they can already choose if they want to be smoke-free or not, and they value that freedom.

"At least twenty-five bars have told us they are going to be forced to fire their staff and close down because they cannot afford the renovations this legislation requires.

"This Government can't find enough money for Kohanga Reo. It can't afford to reduce long-term truancy in schools. It can't deal with hospital waiting lists. But it is perfectly happy to come up with the cash to create a mob of bigoted 'smokefree' police to go around ruining everybody else's lives.

"Every adult can make the decision to smoke or not, or to go into a bar that's smoking or non-smoking. Even though ACT MPs don't smoke, we'll staunchly defend that right," Rodney Hide said.

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels