Justice Minister Judith Collins today released the Government’s final supplementary order paper (SOP) to the Alcohol Reform Bill set to return to Parliament soon.
Ms Collins says the SOP will improve the Bill’s workability and effectiveness, and addresses detailed policy issues arising from consultation and recommendations.
Key amendments include:
“The SOP strengthens and makes more effective the Bill’s broad set of measures to reduce alcohol-related harm in our families and communities,” Ms Collins says.
“This includes making it harder for young people to access alcohol. The Bill in its present form does not go far enough in these areas.
“This Government supports a shift in drinking culture, away from excess drinking towards responsible, moderate alcohol consumption.
“This is the first time in more than two decades the Government is acting to restrict rather than relax our drinking laws. We’re taking action but we can’t do it alone. New Zealand as a whole needs to shape up too.
“Problem drinking is an issue for us all. Everyone needs to play their part – from Parliament to local government, communities, parents, Police, the alcohol industry, and other groups and agencies. This Bill supplies the tools for that to happen,” Ms Collins says.
The changes in the SOP add to the Bill’s key proposals to reduce alcohol-related harm, which include:
SOP_QAs.pdf (pdf 85.45 KB)