Shearer indicated he does not support minimum pricing for alcohol

September 12th, 2012 at 12:57 pm by David Farrar

From the online chat. This is very significant, as Labour’s Justice spokespersons Lianne Dalziel and Charles Chauvel has constantly advocated for . Dalziel has insisted it should be at least $2 per standard drink (making it it legal to sell or buy wine for under $16 a bottle) and Chauvel has moved amendments to provide for .

Sounds like their own leader doesn’t agree with them. God knows how anyone is meant to work out Labour’s position on alcohol issues!

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15 Responses to “Shearer indicated he does not support minimum pricing for alcohol”

  1. Pete George (23,429 comments) says:

    There were a few answers that were a bit interesting but most of Shearer’s chat responses just showed he is learning the party PR talking points. Shearer’s ‘live chat’ – mostly bland PR.

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  2. Doug (408 comments) says:

    Who cares what Labour talking heads say, they are almost irrelevant in today’s World.

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  3. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    The Oriental Parade proletarian, the delicate Champagne Charlie Chauvel will despair and faint at the news.

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  4. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    Restricting the number of outlets and opening hours? Right, because an addict who is willing to sacrifice anything and everything for their addiction isn’t capable of getting to the nearest store within the permitted opening hours, and party-goers aren’t capable of buying their alcohol during the day either.

    People think that just because something is restrictive then it achieves the desired outcome. Stupid.

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  5. Brian Smaller (4,037 comments) says:

    What culture of binge drinking? If that means some teens and twenty-somethings I have news – They grow up. A few dont and become those sad middle aged alkies that everyone knows a few of. I get sick of hearing about our “binge drinking culture”.

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  6. b1gdaddynz (279 comments) says:

    Weihana – I agree with you to a point but there are a ridiculous number of bottle stores around and they seem to target ‘poorer’ areas. I live in Porirua and in one area there is a bottle store next to a dairy that is on the corner of a street that is known as a ‘poorer’ area with lot’s of benificiary families! Now I’m not suggesting that it’s only benificiaries that buy and abuse alcohol but I don’t think it is a good look and the kids have to walk past it on their way to school etc. Why can’t it be restricted to outlets in commercial/retail zones rather than at the corner dairy in a residential area! But I think more important than more restrictions limits etc. I think the ones we have already need to be enforced more! Age limits and not selling to already intoxicated people would go a long way to helping!

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  7. Trevor Mallard (247 comments) says:

    Labour will have a conscience vote – I’m with Shearer on pricing but as a former shift worker don’t agree on restricting hours.

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  8. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Trevor, did you write shift or shit? The latter seems entirely believable. :D

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  9. Trevor Mallard (247 comments) says:

    Manolo you remind me of why I so rarely bother to read right wing blogs.

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  10. thedavincimode (6,610 comments) says:

    Mallard

    You constantly remind me of what a bitter thieving crooked envious duplicitous and downright awful bunch of arseholes you lot are. You are a distasteful relic of a Government that was more odious than even Muldoon’s. The wannabe bully boy who stood in the dock like a scared little schoolboy. Pfft.

    Feel free to fuck off and not bother coming back.

    [DPF: 30 demerits making 100 so guess who is out for a week]

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  11. Psycho Milt (2,405 comments) says:

    Restricting the number of outlets and opening hours? Right, because an addict who is willing to sacrifice anything and everything for their addiction isn’t capable of getting to the nearest store within the permitted opening hours…

    Never mind addicts, when I was 22 a mate of mine who wasn’t an addict knew to within seconds the time needed to get to the nearest bottle store before it closed. Course, back then shops couldn’t open on at the weekend, so forethought was required for purchasing essentials like alcohol.

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  12. Anthony (789 comments) says:

    If there was to be minimum pricing (which is not a wholly bad idea – I usually pay close to $2 a drink anyway) then surely it should be achieved by extra tax – not extra margin for retailers??

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  13. RF (1,368 comments) says:

    I am pleased that Mallard enjoys the freedom to express his left wing opinions on this blog. Very ironic as right wingers get the “banned” message on the other side. Just proves Labour is the nasty party.

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  14. PaulL (6,030 comments) says:

    Not in favour of restrictions – they encourage buying in bulk and therefore binge drinking. So that makes me agreeing with Trevor. No shame there I guess – and Trevor, I also welcome you coming here. Ignore the whiners, they’ll always exist. I don’t agree with you on much, but still like the interaction.

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  15. lcmortensen (38 comments) says:

    I always though of legislating that no alcohol can be on-sold for less than the price it was purchased for. It would prevent a lot of heavy discounting below cost, and would be reasonably easy to enforce.

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