Supplementary Order Paper No 110

No 110

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Alcohol Reform Bill

Proposed amendment

Andrew Little, in Committee, to move the following amendment:

Clause 44:

In clause 44(1)(b), replace 7 am and 11 pm (line 28 on page 51), with 10 am and 8 pm.

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper restricts the trading hours of off-licence premises to the period from 10 am to 8 pm. Evidence has shown that people purchasing alcohol later in the evening are more likely to have been drinking beforehand and may not have the judgment and self-control necessary to make cogent decisions. This warrants an earlier default closing time than the proposed 11 pm.

It also proposes that off-licence premises open at the later hour of 10 am, thereby not allowing off-licences to open before schools commence. This addresses concerns about inconsistencies in trading hours and availability between neighbouring communities and the issue of pockets of alcohol-related activities burdening certain communities.