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


Making a difference to health-related alcohol statistics



Labour List MP
30 August 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

Making a difference to health-related alcohol statistics

While the Government has an opportunity to make a real difference to future health-related alcohol statistics if it wants to, Judith Collins’ amendment on RTDs could hardly be less of a cure-all, Labour’s Health spokesperson Maryan Street says.

“I am promoting an amendment to the Alcohol Reform bill which would give the Government the power to apply a health levy to any alcohol product line which is demonstrated to encourage alcohol abuse, at the point of sale. That includes off-licence premises such as supermarkets and bottle stores.

“This fits with the Law Commission’s recommendation that price be used as a deterrent for excessive drinking. By applying it at the point of sale, producers are not affected and heavy discounting by supermarkets and wholesalers is controlled.

“This health levy can be flexibly applied across any product line, including RTDs, for any length of time and to any level, according to the evidence of its usefulness.

“The proceeds from the levy would be ploughed straight back into addressing the health effects of alcohol abuse, and would not disappear into the consolidated fund.

“Judith Collins is confronting the problem of RTDs with her amendment, but only in a half-hearted way. She is leaving it to the alcohol industry to come up with their own solutions under threat of regulation.

If she supported my amendment, the regulation-making powers she refers to would actually have some teeth and result in revenue which could be dedicated to addressing alcohol-related health problems.

“I would welcome her support,” said Maryan Street.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Failing To Prepare For Either Mental Health Needs, Or Covid Outbreaks

In a week when the Covid scare in Wellington and the national crisis in mental health both hit the headlines, they also seemed like mirror images of each other – in that we seem equally ill-prepared on both fronts. In both cases, contingency planning has seeds next to non-existent... More>>


Environment: Bringing Back The Health Of Hauraki Gulf

New marine protection areas and restrictions on fishing are among a raft of changes being put in place to protect the Hauraki Gulf for future generations.
The new strategy, Revitalising the Gulf – Government action on the Sea Change Plan, released today... More>>


NZ First Returns: Winston Peters - AGM Address

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a pleasure to be in Auckland for the 28th New Zealand First Party Conference. It is our intention and mission to remain the most successful political party outside of National and Labour in the last three decades... More>>

Government: New Members Appointed To Waitangi Tribunal

Minister for Māori Development, Hon Willie Jackson, today announced the appointment of three new members to the Waitangi Tribunal and the reappointment of one existing member to the Waitangi Tribunal... 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