Reported in the Dominion Post
A bill banning dairies from selling liquor and forcing supermarkets to hide it away is “devoid of any substantial measures” and was more like a “non-reform bill”, critics say. The select committee that considered the Alcohol Reform Bill for close to 100 hours finally reported its findings last night, and Justice Minister Simon Power immediately announced that the Government would accept all 130 of its suggested changes. The committee did not suggest changes to drink-driving levels or to the proposed split purchase age, which would allow 18-year-olds to drink in a bar but not to buy from an off-licence until they are 20. The updated bill will get a second reading before Parliament rises for the November election but it will almost certainly have to wait until next year before passing into law.
…Alcohol Action spokesman Professor Doug Sellman said the updated bill continued to “dither and tinker” with liquor laws.
Disappointing. Expect no change to our binge drinking culture and the fall-out.