“…The Government’s Alcohol Reform Bill is soon to be debated for the final time in Parliament.
Barring a miracle, history will record this bill as one of the great failures of John Key’s National Government.
As it stands, the bill ignores the most thorough review and sustained public debate about alcohol in our history.
Clear direction on what to do about the heavy drinking culture was outlined by the Law Commission based on the best international evidence and careful examination of the situation in New Zealand -
- but the Government has chosen to ignore it.
Instead, Mr Key’s Cabinet has embarked on a subterfuge of spin -
- designed to make people think the bill is full of reforms-
- when it is not…”
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