Government hijacks the drinking age vote – ignores will of the people

NZ Herald 9 Nov 06
The drinking age will remain at 18, after MPs last night voted to maintain the status quo. Labour Hamilton West MP Martin Gallagher’s private member’s bill to raise the drinking age to 20 was defeated 72 to 49, partly because of a last-minute Government announcement that it would review the impact of underage drinking.
The review was announced at midday by Justice Minister Mark Burton and Associate Health Minister Damien O’Connor, both of whom supported the drinking age remaining at 18. It surprised many MPs and blindsided Mr Gallagher.

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