Greens back Maori Party on minimum alcohol prices

Kevin Hague has spoken ‘on behalf of all Green MPs on this issue’.

We support using price as a mechanism to reduce consumption, including both minimum prices and excise tax increases and, preferably, a combination of both.

We support all the measures in Te Ururoa’s SOP but haven’t yet looked at what Labour proposes.

Our own SOPs augment the Maori Party SOP, strengthening the penalties for selling to people under age and making local alcohol plans mandatory. We looked at increasing excise tax but concluded this would be ruled out of order, so of rhetorical value only.

(via email)

So no Green support (yet at least) on the Labour approach, although the Labour minimum price proposal looks similar to the Maori Party one.

Maori Party on the Alcohol Reform Bill

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