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Greens cause legislative logjam

25 August 2004

Hon Matt Robson MP, Progressive Deputy Leader

Greens cause legislative logjam, delay action on youth drinking

Progressive MP Matt Robson says he is disappointed that the Greens' political tactics are delaying the day that Parliament will be able to take decisive action to tackle problems associated with youth drinking.

There will be no members’ ballot tomorrow because of a legislative logjam caused by all four members bills drawn from the ballot being deferred. Two Green MPs’ bills have been deferred every members day for nearly four months.

"Standing Orders make it clear that it is alright, once in a while, for MPs to defer their Member's Bills if there is good reason such as a sponsoring MP being overseas on work. But I believe it is stretching the bow a very long way for the Greens to again defer two of their Bills as they are doing today," Matt Robson said.

"While the may have their own tactical reasons, one of the consequences is that a number of Bills other parties believe serve the public interest get delayed as well.”

Matt Robson's Member's Bill proposes to raise the minimum drinking age to 20 and to strengthen provisions relating to the supply of liquor to minors and to strengthen liquor advertising law. There are about 40 MPs with members bills ready for the next ballot, including four bills, from Progressive and three other parties, which in different ways propose to tackle alcohol abuse issues.

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