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

 

Government Signs Death Warrant

The decision to lower the drinking age to 18 years and to allow alcohol sales on Sundays has been decried by the Leader of Christian Heritage, Graham Capill.

“Those who voted for the changes will have blood on their hands,” says Capill. “There can be little doubt that those Members of Parliament responsible might as well have pulled the trigger on the lives of hundreds of New Zealanders due to their irresponsible decision in the House yesterday.”

“The flow on effect will most certainly be more car fatalities, suicide, addiction, crime, violence and unplanned pregnancies. With some of the world’s highest rates of teenage suicide and pregnancies how can MPs have decided to put more alcohol into even younger hands? What was sadly lacking here was conscience in the conscience vote.

“The Prime Minister, who has been portraying herself as a family loving leader, has helped bring about a situation which can only bring heartache to many thousands of families.

“To pass this legislation MPs ignored the substantial evidence that clearly demonstrates that lowering the drinking age and extending alcohol trading hours can only result in more carnage on our roads.”

In 1990, the Auckland Area Health Board was asked to analyse the potential impact of the extension to Sunday alcohol trading. The study found that, across the Auckland region the increased annual demand for emergency services would involve six fatalities, 80 serious and 180 minor injuries from alcohol related crashes.

As if this were not enough, evidence from New South Wales shows that the introduction of Sunday alcohol trading there in the late 1970s resulted in a 22% increase in fatal car crashes and a 28% increase in alcohol-related car crash injuries requiring hospital admission.

In dollar terms it has been estimated that alcohol already costs this country between 2.7% and 3.4% of Gross National Product that is about $2 billion a year and this can only increase under these legislative changes.

MPs also ignored the wishes of most New Zealanders last night.

Those MPs who voted in support of the changes not only showed a blatant disregard for the lives of young New Zealanders but the democratic process,” noted Capill. “More submissions were received by the select committee against the proposed lowering of the age than for it, but MPs in a ‘We know best’ attitude decided to ignore this.”

Anti-democratic MPs who voted for the changes appear to want to favour those that will profit financially from the exercise, such as the liquor industry, rather than those who have to deal with the tragic consequences of alcohol abuse, such as health institutions, and the Salvation Army.

“Teenagers do not have the same level of tolerance to alcohol as adults and this should have been taken into account,” stated Capill. “ALAC research shows that one third of teenagers are heavy drinkers who binge regularly and the legislative changes are likely to increase the adverse effects on our young people by shifting the de facto drinking age even lower.”


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>

ALSO:

Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>

ALSO:

Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>

ALSO:

Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>

ALSO:

Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>

ALSO:

Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels