It is generally accepted that there is a cultural problem around the consumption of alcohol in New Zealand. However, a report from the Law Commission has recently come out with many of its recommendations expected to be accepted by the current National-led government. There are a number of significant provisions I take umbrage with and it is here that I intend to detail some of the specific provisions and why I have a problem with them. This will show that the provisions are on-the-whole measures aimed at dealing with the effects of the problem rather than the symptoms, and are furthermore poorly targeted lip-service to give the appearance of dealing with the problem. This will also highlight a key problem with politicians and bureaucrats entrenched in the system.
May 4, 2010
Law Commission and National-led Government on Alcohol.
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