Labours’ Liquor solution weak as piss
Clampdown on liquor sales looms
The Government has revealed tough measures to clamp down on liquor sales, including allowing councils to prevent outlets opening near schools and to limit opening hours. Prime Minister Helen Clark said yesterday the Cabinet had considered a raft of changes to liquor laws, including tougher controls on the supply of alcohol to young people and putting more restrictions on the location of off-licences. She said the Government had prepared legislation to build on Labour MP George Hawkins' private member's bill, which gives more community input into granting liquor licences.
This doesn’t go far enough! We need all booze out of Dairys and Supermarkets and strict zoning that doesn’t allow wholesalers to set up shop in suburban areas, while acknowledging that we have a problem with booze, Labours’ solution doesn’t go anywhere near confronting that reality.