INDEPENDENT NEWS

O'Connor's drinking-age comment out of line

Published: Thu 7 Sep 2006 02:32 PM
Simon Power
National Party Law & Order Spokesman
7 September 2006
O'Connor's drinking-age comment out of line
Associate Minister of Health Damien O'Connor is making a mockery of the parliamentary process by saying the drinking age will not be put back to 20 before the Law and Order Select Committee has even finished its consideration, says National's Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power.
Mr O'Connor was reported as telling an addictions conference in Wellington today that 'the political reality is that New Zealand is stuck with the drinking age at 18'.
"Damien O'Connor should be waiting till the committee has finished its deliberations before making policy statements on how the whole of Parliament will be voting, particularly as the bill addressing the purchase age - as opposed to the drinking age - is a Member's Bill.
"This is likely to be a conscience vote, and for him to pre-empt it takes the Labour Government's disrespect of the parliamentary process to new heights of arrogance.
"He is making a mockery of the process and of the hundreds of submitters who spent months giving evidence, when the committee has not even reported back to the House."
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

New Year Honours List 2018
By: New Zealand Government
National Party launches bid to save highway projects
By: New Zealand National Party
Medicinal cannabis to ease suffering
By: New Zealand Government
CPAG report: The further fraying of the welfare safety net
By: CPAG
Government mourns the passing of Jim Anderton
By: New Zealand Government
Green Party mourns passing of Jim Anderton
By: Green Party
National expresses condolences at passing of Jim Anderton
By: New Zealand National Party
NZ First expresses condolences over death of Jim Anderton
By: New Zealand First Party
CTU mourns Jim Anderton
By: New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
Prime Minister congratulates Honours recipients
By: New Zealand Government
Petition launched to ensure Auckland to Whangarei route
By: New Zealand National Party
Petition launched to support East-West Link
By: New Zealand National Party
Napier to Hastings Expressway at risk
By: New Zealand National Party
Waimak MP backs petition to save motorway project
By: New Zealand National Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media