Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Smoking In Bars Is Owner's Choice


Smoking In Bars Is Owner's Choice

On December 3 2003, MP's will vote on the implementation of the Smokefree Environments (Enhanced Protection) Bill. This bill will ban smoking in all workplaces, resturants, casinos, bars and clubs. Libertarianz Deputy Stephen Berry urges MP's to vote against the bill. "They must recognise that the state should never have the authority to ursurp private property rights, no matter how good the intentions behind it."

"Not one of those MP's has any right of control over the properties the ban has been proposed on," Berry says. "It is only right that the owner of a particular property set their own rules about smoking. That is the owner's right, the property belongs to him, and none of the whining smoking-nazis have any right to set foot on that property, let alone force their rules onto it."

The Smokefree Coalition has applauded the content of the Smokefree Environments Bill. Smokefree Coalition chair Jane Patterson anticipates a vote in favour of a ban (i.e. violation of property rights), calling arguments opposing it "at best spurious at worse malicious." Stephen Berry believes this shows exactly what the anti-smoking lobby thinks of freedom and rights. "Clearly they see nothing wrong with using state force to implement their fascist agenda."

Libertarianz has campaigned against this bill, most recently staging a Smokers Day Out in Auckland on 15 November, where adults chose to accept a free cigarette and information about the smoking ban. "It is the owner's decision as to what may or may not occur on their own property. Customers may choose to enter, or not enter, the property. If they do not like the owner's policy, they find an establishment where they do agree with the owner's policies."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.

Finally, yesterday’s announcement by the Ardern government that a new state agency will be set up to assess and plan the manned re-entry to the mine (on a set timetable) goes a long way to meeting the families’ remaining request: that they be enabled, if at all possible, to bury their loved ones. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election