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Alcohol Reform Bill Fails To Protect Our Communities

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Labour MP Lianne Dalziel will make her submission to the Justice and Electoral select committee, via teleconference, on the Alcohol Reform Bill this afternoon.

"A Bill that fails to meet the challenge posed by the evidence that the Law Commission presented to the Government about what needs to be done to reduce the harm that alcohol has fuelled in our communities. "The stress and trauma of the Christchurch earthquake is understandably taking its toll, and the continual aftershocks are exacerbating the tiredness and emotional fatigue. This continued stress has seen an increase in domestic violence, in most cases alcohol is a contributing factor.

"To understand the need for stronger alcohol reform - I don't need to look much further than my own city with local Police and Women's Refuge both reporting increasing levels in domestic violence.

"As the former Associate Minister of Justice, who introduced the Bill that this Bill replaces and who helped write the very broad terms of reference for the most in-depth inquiry into our alcohol laws New Zealand has ever seen, I should be standing in front of the Justice and Electoral select committee describing this bill as a tribute to the members of the Law Commission and the more than 3000 New Zealanders who made their views known to them. It is a travesty that I cannot, but the truth is that this Bill does not even begin to meet the challenge posed by the evidence that the Law Commission presented to the government about what needs to be done.

"There are four elements that would have been in this Bill had the government been truly willing to deal with the issues that could curb the harm and they are:

Price

Rampant Commercialisation of alcohol as an ordinary commodity

Advertising and Marketing

Dangerous Driving counter-measures.

"We need to step up and have the courage to make a difference. I hope that this select committee returns this Bill to the House strengthened by the changes that must be made," Lianne Dalziel said.

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