Liquor laws

Auckland City Harbour News - - OPINION -

Re: Liquor hours ( Auck­land City Har­bour News, Novem­ber 22)

I can’t be­lieve how in­cred­i­bly daft our law mak­ers can be.

We dropped the drink­ing age and then had a swag of lower age drinkers of­fend­ing. Per­haps we should go back to fun­da­men­tal is­sues. Should our only con­cern be for busi­ness prof­its?

We must stop pan­der­ing to the liquor in­dus­try and adopt a rea­son­able ap­proach to th­ese abuses. Hav­ing liquor on sale all hours is dumb – it’s not needed.

Let’s have sen­si­ble hours of busi­ness, say open­ing at 10am. If you need to drink be­fore that time you’ve prob­a­bly got a prob­lem. Shut­ting at 1.30am – fi­nal!

Sale of liquor should be 10am to 7pm. Most work­ers knock off at round 5pm. If you’re not work­ing then you’ve got all day to shop.

This would give work­ers and own­ers time for a break and for cleanup and re­stock, and for city work­ers to re­fresh the streets.

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