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Dont Dabble With The Cause Of Youngsters Drinking

Media Release

31 JANUARY 2002


New Zealand First MP and law and order spokesman Ron Mark, today urged the Minister of Justice, Phil Goff, to cease cogitating over the causes of liquor related offending by young people, to accept that the decision of many of his Labour Party colleagues was wrong in voting to support a lowering of the drinking age to 18, and return the legal age of liquor consumption to 20 years.

“There is no doubt what so ever in my mind that the move to buy votes of young people by lowering the drinking age, was a seriously backward step and my own experience sharing night shifts with the police, has confirmed this quite conclusively for me.” he said.

Mr Mark was responding to the ordering of a report on the outcome of having lowered the drinking age.

“I and each of my New Zealand First caucus colleagues voted against the lowering of the drinking age and one did not need to be a brain surgeon to have foreseen the outcome of such a foolish move.

“As politicians we must at times make hard decisions and not simply say yes to every bizarre suggestion brought forward.

“It was wrong to reduce the drinking age and Parliament must move to remedy its previous error without delay and return the age of liquor consumption to 20 years.” concluded Mr Mark.


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