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

 

Party Youth Wings get together to 'Keep It 18'


Party Youth Wings get together to 'Keep It 18'

Media Release by: Young Labour - Young Nats - Young Greens - ACT on Campus

Youth wings from four political parties sent a united message to MPs today - Keep it 18!

In a cross party effort the Young Nats, Young Labour, the Young Greens and ACT on Campus held a joint press conference to urge MPs to vote against the Sale of Liquor (Youth Alcohol Harm Reduction: Purchase Age) Amendment Bill.

Young Labour spokesperson Sonny Thomas said;

"Parliament should look at ways of changing the binge-drinking culture that is harming our society– but raising the drinking age is not the answer. Changing attitudes towards our drinking is.

"That's why we call on MPs to get behind, and provide more support for enforcement efforts and educational campaigns like ALAC's campaign against binge drinking – not to deprive 18 year olds of the right to a beer as some sort of knee jerk response."

"Many young activists would find it difficult to campaign and vote for a political party, yet not be able to buy a drink to celebrate their party's election."

Young Nat's President Matthew Patterson said;

"This bill is just unfair. If the law allows 18 year olds to fight for their country, get married and vote - why can't we have the freedom to buy a drink? It would be ridiculous if 19 year olds are being sent overseas on often dangerous peace keeping missions with our armed forces, yet when they return can't have a drink with their colleagues.

"In addition, this is bad law - it creates multiple inconsistencies between bar staff and patrons, and there has been no proper consultation with young people

Young Greens spokesperson Zach Dorner said;

"20 was an age limit that no-one respected or enforced. It didn't work then so why go back? The 18 years limit is working well in responsible bars, but issues remain around irresponsible supply. We say to MPs tackle this problem, not the age limit."

"Political parties should look at how alcohol is promoted to young people."

ACT on Campus's Helen Simpson said;

"This Bill is immoral. It is immoral because it is an assault on freedom and democracy. It contradicts the liberal democratic notion that parliament exists to protect the socially responsible majority from the tiny handful of reckless individuals who refuse to respect others.

"We call on parliament to take responsibility and resist the temptation for a sensational headline-grabbing ban."

The group urged all MPs, who are facing a possible vote on the Bill this Wednesday, to listen to the voice of those who will be affected, ditch the proposal and instead focus on finding actual solutions to New Zealand's drinking problems.

Rasing the drinking age wont work, changing attitudes will.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Todd Muller Needs To Own The Privacy Leak Scandal


Whenever a political scandal breaks, party leaders have two basic options. They can confess to being in boots and all, and try to brazen it out : nothing to see here, move on. This tended to be the John Key approach. Very hard to pull that off in this case, given that it involved violating the privacy of sick New Zealanders for party political gain.
The other option is to claim innocence of this terrible, no good, highly regrettable “error of judgement” and apologise profusely for the sins of others, while absolving your own good self of any responsibility. This has been Todd Muller’s chosen path.... More>>
 

National Departures: Press Statement From Michelle Boag

Today I am announcing that I have resigned my membership of the NZ National Party. The last few days have underscored for me the unhealthy relationship I have developed with politics. For 47 years, I have devoted much of my professional and personal ... More>>

ALSO:

Govt: Statement From Rt Hon Winston Peters

Deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters has announced he is taking a short stint of medical leave this week. More>>


Isolation: Government And Air NZ Agree To Manage Incoming Bookings

Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: New Investment Creates Over 2000 Jobs To Clean Up Waterways

A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: David Clark Resigns As Health Minister

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has accepted David Clark’s resignation as Health Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Election 2020: Green Party Unveils Income Policy

The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity. The scheme resets income support payments to ensure everyone not in full-time paid work gets at least ... More>>

ALSO:


Conservation: New Protection For Dolphins

Extensive new protections are being put in place as part of an updated plan to look after New Zealand’s native Hector’s and Māui dolphins, announced Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: Water Consent Referred To Board Of Inquiry

Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses... More>>

ALSO:


Foreign Affairs: New Zealand To Review Relationship Settings With Hong Kong

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that the New Zealand Government is reviewing the settings of its relationship with Hong Kong. “China’s decision to pass a new national security law for Hong Kong has fundamentally changed the environment ... More>>

ALSO:


Covid-19 Patient Info Leak: Hamish Walker - A Personal Statement And An Apology

I have spoken to National Party Leader Todd Muller and informed him that I passed to members of the media, by email, information containing Covid-19 patient details that was given to me by a source. I did this to expose the Government’s shortcomings ... More>>

ALSO:

PM: Labour Will Extend Loan Scheme 'lifeline' For Small Business

Labour has announced its plans to extend the Small Business Loan Cashflow Scheme and spend $162 million on a waterway clean-up package. More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Infrastructure Investment To Create Jobs, Kick-Start COVID Rebuild

A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister ... More>>

ALSO:

Covid-19: Isolation System To Be Beefed Up After Stress

A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify ... More>>

ALSO:

Election 2020: Parties Get Into Gear

ACT has today announced its list for the 2020 General Election. “The calibre and experience of our candidates will impress voters of every persuasion. We have candidates from all walks of life. People who have built their homes, families and businesses ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels