Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


PM’s Presser: Liquor Law Reform, Asylum Seekers

PM’s Presser: Liquor Law Reform, Asylum Seekers

Images by Rory MacKinnon

The Government’s new liquor law reform package will focus on youth drinking and make parents more responsible for young people in their custody, Prime Minister John Key says.

Justice Minister Simon Power announced a raft of proposed changes to the country’s liquor laws Monday, emphasising the impact of youth drinking on crime, disorder and health issues.

The proposals incorporate 123 of the New Zealand Law Society’s 156 recommendations, including a split drinking age of 18 for on-license consumption and 20 for off-license purchases and fines of up to $2000 for adults who supply a youth with alcohol without their parents’ consent.

Key told reporters the pendulum had swung too far towards liberalisation of alcohol laws and the new laws would help parents resist pressure from their children to supply alcohol at parties.

“The law will certainly help give parents some form of protection in terms of what they do [but] it also demands of them that they apply responsibility as a responsible host.”

However the proposals would make few changes to the advertising and marketing of alcohol, which public health advocates say is a major cause of New Zealand’s heavy drinking culture.

The proposals would see the existing offence of promotion of excessive consumption applied to any business selling or promoting alcohol, and would make it an offence to promote alcohol in a way that has special appeal to people under the purchase age.

Key said it was ultimately up to parents to demonstrate that they did not want a binge-drinking culture.

“In the end we cannot legislate away New Zealand’s drinking culture,” he said.

Play To Start
Audio Playing….




© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The America’s Cup, Critical Race Theory And A New, Weekly Music Playlist

So… Why don’t they just cut to the chase, and call it the Emirates Cup? As this column predicted several months ago, the next America’s Cup challenge is headed overseas. Here’s what Werewolf said back in March:
Emirates has made a major commitment to Portsmouth/Isle of Wight as a sailing centre of excellence – and voila, that’s where the next challenger of record is coming from, and where the next Cup contest could well be sailed. Such incredible luck for Emirates, right..? More>>


Marine: Wider Roll-out Of Cameras On Boats To Support Sustainability And Protect Marine Life

Up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels will be fitted with on-board cameras by 2024 as part of the Government’s commitment to protect the natural marine environment for future generations... More>>


Government: Plan For Vaccine Rollout For General Population Announced

New Zealanders over 60 will be offered a vaccination from July 28 and those over 55 from August 11, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today... More>>


Jewish Council: New Zealand Not Immune From Rise In Antisemitism

The representative body of New Zealand Jewry, the NZ Jewish Council (NZJC), has expressed concern about the high number of antisemitic incidents in New Zealand recorded last month. Spokesperson for the NZJC, Juliet Moses, said... More>>

NZNO: Nurses Reject DHB Offer And Confirm Strike Action

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says its 30,000 members who work in DHBs have voted overwhelmingly to reject a second offer in their current round of multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) negotiations... More>>





InfoPages News Channels