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


Treat Spirits the Same: ‘Alcohol is alcohol’

Ahead of Parliament finalising the liquor laws tomorrow (Tuesday 24th), the spirits industry is calling on MPs to reconsider their position on the types of alcohol that may be sold in supermarkets and grocery stores.

"The prohibition on spirits and liqueurs from being sold in supermarkets is quite illogical and hypocritical" said Thomas Chin Chief Executive Officer of the Distilled Spirits Association.

Earlier, Parliament had voted to allow beer and wine to be sold in supermarkets but not spirits.

Fortified wines, wine coolers and low strength general alcoholic beverages are also banned.

Mr Chin said it was ill-considered of Parliament to favour beer and wine but exclude spirits. Those who enjoy a spirit or a liqueur end up being penalised.

"How is it that it is OK for an adult to buy their favourite spirits from a bottle store, pub, bar, restaurant, club and so on, but a ‘thou-shalt-not’ attitude prevails when it comes to buying it from a supermarket?

Mr Chin expressed contempt for the unfounded perception that spirits are more evil than beer or wine. "It is not how a product is made or where it is bought, but how responsibly people consume the product". He called on MPs to be consistent and reasonable. "Consistency means prohibiting all alcohol beverages from supermarkets or allowing all types. Reasonableness means recognising a glass of spirits, a gin and tonic or a brandy and dry, contains the same amount of alcohol as a glass of ordinary stre ngth beer or a glass of table wine – ‘alcohol is alcohol’".


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Supermarket Scam, And On Tunisia’s Scrapping Of Democracy

Are we paying too much for our groceries? Hmm. Is the Pope a Catholic? Given that the two Australian supermarket chains that dominate our grocery industry routinely rack up profits in the order of $22 billion annually, that’s a no-brainer. Yet as with New Zealand’s other socio-economic problems created by our 1980s reforms, the practical solutions seem pretty thin on the ground... More>>


Government: Bill Introduced To Protect Against Conversion Practices

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression... More>>


Government: Welcomes Draft Report On The Retail Grocery Sector

The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said... More>>


Child Poverty Action Group: Poverty Burden For Children Increased Due To Government Neglect - New Report

Poverty, inequity, homelessness and food insecurity are among the burdens which increased for tamariki Māori and other children in the first year of Covid-19 - partially due to Government neglect... More>>

NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>

Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>




InfoPages News Channels