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It's Time To Cut The Apron Strings

Prebble’s Rebels today called on Parliament to cut Nanny State’s apron strings tying down our teens.

Victoria Rebel President Angela Beazer said “It’s time politicians stopped trying to mother the nation’s children. There is a time when every parent has to send their children into the real world to make their own mistakes.”

Ms Beazer endorsed ACT justice spokesman Patricia Schnauer’s comments during last week’s debate on the liquor licencing legislation reported back from the justice and law reform select committee.

“In her speech Patricia Schnauer said that ‘until we remove the taboo in respect of alcohol we will never get any normalisation in drinking in New Zealand’.

“She’s absolutely right. Repressive restrictions on the sale of liquor only serves to worsen our drinking culture by forcing teens to drink behind the bike sheds away from responsible adults.”

Ms Beazer called on all other MPs to follow Patricia Schnauer and entrust our youth with responsible drinking behaviour and vote for normailisation of our liqour laws.

ENCLOSED: Rebel Voting Guide for the Sale of Liquor Amendment Bill (No 2) 1999.
ENCLOSED: Excerpt from the submission of the Beer Wine and Spirits Council of New Zealand listing the minimum drinking age laws in other developed countries.

ENDS


Prebble’s Rebels today called on MPs to cut Nanny State’s apron strings tying down youth. (See accompanying press release.) Victoria Rebel President Angela Beazer today called on Parliament to vote according to the following voting guide (based on options reported to the House by the Justice and Law Reform Select Committee):

MINIMUM LEGAL DRINKING AGE
Option A: The age should be 18 years, with exemptions if accompanyied by parent, guardian, or spouse over 18.
EVIDENCE OF AGE DOCUMENTS
Option A: There should continue to be no provisions for evidence of age documents.
SALE OF LIQUOR ON SUNDAYS
Option A: Both on and off-licences should be permitted to sell liquor on any day of the year.
SALE OF LIQUOR IN SUPERMARKETS AND GROCERY STORES
Option A: Supermarkets and grocery stores should be able to sell all types of liquor.
AGE OF SELLER OF LIQUOR
Option C: There should be no restriction on the age of seller or suppliers but any person under the minimum drinking age should be supervised by someone over the minimum drinking age.
SEPARATION OF LIQUOR SALES
Option A: There should continue to be no restrictions on where or how liquor is sold in superarmkets and grocery stores.
OFF-LICENCE AVAILABILITY
Option A: Off-licences should be available to all types of premises.
CLUB LICENCES
Option A: Club licences should be abolished.
PERMANENT CLUB CHARTERS
Option B: Clubs should have to apply to on or off-licences like all other suppliers.
EXEMPTIONS
Option B: All exemptions should be removed (except pharmacies and perfumeries).

ENDS

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