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


Anderton slams Hospitality Association

Anderton slams Hospitality Association

Associate Minister of Health Jim Anderton has slammed the Hospitality Association chief executive Bruce Robertson’s claims that the new tariffs levied on light spirits have resulted in younger drinkers buying higher octane spirits.

“It seems to me that Mr Robertson and the Hospitality Association only advocate action based on anecdotal evidence when it suits them.

“I am surprised that they put such weight on anecdotal evidence in the case of the recent increase in light spirits’ alcohol content, for example, when they consistently deny the importance of anecdotal evidence in relation to increased teenage drinking and the lowering of the drinking age.”

“As Chair of the Ministerial Action Group on Drug and Alcohol policy I know that our decisions are based on more than just anecdotal evidence. For example, I personally believe that the decision to lower the drinking age was wrong and I believe that the anecdotal evidence supports me. Our Ministerial Committee, however, wants our policy decisions to be based on the evidence and the jury is still out on the facts surrounding the outcome of Parliament’s decision to lower the drinking age.

“The decision to increase the excise on light spirits to curb the binge drinking of young New Zealanders was a decision based on evidence. The first report on the impact of lowering the drinking age which was released late last year was, however, inconclusive. The Committee expects the next report to be clearer and we will be guided by it.

“If the Hospitality Association wants us to make our decisions on anecdotal evidence then they will make my day and the day of the many, many New Zealanders who complain to me about some elements of the liquor industry which they see as intent on targeting young New Zealanders through advertising and price to drink more and more.

“Mr Robertson just has to pick up the phone to let me know whether he wants alcohol policy based on real or anecdotal evidence,’ said Jim Anderton.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election