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


Raise the Legal Drinking Age Back to 20

Wednesday 19 May 2004

Destiny NZ, "Do the Right Thing - Raise the Legal Drinking Age Back to 20"

Destiny NZ political party is calling for the legal drinking age to be lifted back to 20 years, after a damning report released by the Justice Ministry this week on teenage drinking. The report said teenagers are drinking more alcohol more often since the legal drinking age was lowered from 20 to 18 in 1999.

Destiny New Zealand leader, Richard Lewis, says the public is already aware of the upsurge in teenage binge drinking and the detrimental effect the law change has had on young people.

"It doesn't take a Justice Ministry report for people to realise this," says Lewis. "In their defence, Government officials claim that it's the 'culture' of binge drinking that needs to change, not the law. Legislating in favour of the 'culture' is like throwing petrol on the fire - what you legalise you normalise. How can parents encourage their young people away from a dangerous culture that our own Government endorses through law?"

"This is the kind of issue that Destiny NZ wouldn't think twice about. The legal drinking age should never have changed, and if this Government really cared about the health of our young people it would reverse its decision and raise the legal drinking age back to 20 immediately."

Lewis says legalising cannabis would have the same damaging consequences.

Destiny NZ will be presenting an overview of its policies at a public meeting in Napier this Friday. The meeting starts at 7.30pm Friday (21 May) at 82 Taradale Road, Onekawa, Napier. (Destiny Building)


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>


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. 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>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election