Stuff.co.nz 4 July 2012 Despite ongoing work on a minimum alcohol price, a proposal to introduce a pricing regime looks set to fail.
Justice Ministry officials are running two meetings this week with industry leaders on a plan that would drive up the cost of some liquor.
Prime Minister John Key appeared opposed to the proposal, saying some people would switch to the lowest quality alcohol rather than drink any less volume.
“I am not convinced minimum pricing will do that much,” he said.
Labour’s justice spokesman Charles Chauvel said that, like tobacco, the price of alcohol had a big influence on how often and how much people drink.
“It’s time to get serious about the pricing issue if we’re going to make any significant impact on our binge drinking culture.”
Labour has drafted an amendment to the alcohol legislation which would introduce a minimum pricing regime. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7216787/Minimum-liquor-price-law-outlook-grim