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Final debate over alcohol law reform

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Latest Political News | Thursday December 6 2012 9:48

Final debate over alcohol law reform

It has been over two years, but the reform of our alcohol laws is nearly complete.

MPs are today expected to finish the lengthy committee stage debate of the laws, with a third and final reading of the bill hoped to be completed before parliament breaks for Christmas.

Today MPs will deal with National's plans to delay by 12 months a move allowing councils to put in place their own rules around the number, location and opening hours of liquor stores.

The controversial bill has faced numerous delays and changes as the Government struggled to get enough support.

The aim is to reduce alcohol-related harm, but opponents of the bill warn it doesn't go far enough, and that more changes will be needed further down the track.

Photo: NZ Herald

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