The liquor, retail and media sector were accused today of undermining alcohol law reform that passed into law in Parliament this evening.
The accusation came from Lianne Dalziel who said the Alcohol Reform Bill had watered down the recommendations of the Law Commission and the real winner were the alcohol sector including the Food and Grocery Council, which had ensured its members could sell “dirt cheap” liquor.
The media had also worked hard to ensure that liquor could still be advertised and manufactured stories which had worked against the public good, she said.
Judith Collins said some did not believe the bill went far enough, but it represented a balance.
She pointed to the limiting of hours of alcohol sales and which outlets could alcohol as signs of greater restrictions. Licensing criteria would also be tightened.
The Alcohol Law Reform Bill split into three parts passed its third reading by 108 to 13 with National, Labour (32 in favour 2 opposed), Green, Mana, United Future and ACT in favour(Brendan Horan cast his first vote as an independent and voted in opposition)
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