I could have written the LC’s report in four words:And then today this comes from Rodney Hide and Heather Roy in a press release.
Ban, restrict, prohibit and tax.
These are the usual responses to any problem in New Zealand.
"The Law Commission's reported proposals on alcohol are frankly ludicrous", ACT Deputy Leader Heather Roy said today.Pretty basic truths. It'll be interesting to see where this goes.
"They cannot possibly pass the government's tests for good regulatory and tax policy."
"It seems the Commission wants to take New Zealand back to the days of punitive excise taxation and nanny state regulation of shop trading hours, closing times for bars and the purchase age.
"We have been there and done that with alcohol policy and it didn't work," Mrs Roy said.
Since liberalisation that commenced in 1989, consumption per head has declined significantly and there has been no increase in hazardous drinking. The vast majority of New Zealanders have a responsible attitude to alcohol.