Libz Defend Dairy Owners’ Rights

25 August 2010 09:42:00

Libertarianz Party leader Richard McGrath described Simon Power’s proposed legislation to restrict the sale of alcohol at dairies and convenience stores as a “clumsy, racist, attempt to impose his Victorian attitudes on young people.” Dr McGrath urged dairy owners to vote Libertarianz at next year’s election, “in protest at the National Party’s attempts to interfere in their businesses.”

“Once again, Simon Power shows a scant regard for the wishes of communities and the livelihoods of honest traders,” he said. “His bullying of dairy owners is a pointed attack on the ethnic groups that own a disproportionately high number of these shops, and the consumers that purchase their wares.”

“As for the Minister’s desire to restrict access to alcohol for all under-20-year-olds in response to the actions of a minority: will his next edict be a mandated bedtime regime for 18 and 19 year olds? After all, if they can’t be trusted to drink in moderation, how on earth could they possibly get themselves to bed at a decent hour?”

Dr McGrath urged New Zealanders to embrace common-law solutions to the problems of underage drinking. “Dairy owners should be able to sell whatever they like to other adults, subject to mutual consent. Parents should be held accountable for the actions of their children. Therefore, if minors are harmed through alcohol use, their parents or guardians should be questioned and possibly prosecuted. In turn, parents should be able to launch civil action against anyone who gives or sells their under-age children alcohol.”

Furthermore, he said, those who commit crime against property and other people should be held responsible and liable for any damage they cause. “Victims of crime committed by those under the influence of intoxicating substances should be compensated in full by the offenders.”

Dr McGrath reminded business owners that they had the full backing of the Libertarianz Party in being able to defend themselves from robbers and burglars with appropriate levels of defensive weaponry. “Anyone who tries to rob a dairy or shop deserves to be neutralised rapidly, as the situation warrants.”

“The scapegoating of dairy owners, as exemplified by Simon Power’s proposed laws, is consistent with the National Party’s war on small businesses. The Libertarianz Party, on the other hand, believes in slashing income tax, abolishing GST, opening ACC up to competition, ending liquor licensing laws and repealing the Resource Management Act, in order to to make the establishment and operation of small businesses simpler and easier.”

For more information, please contact:

Dr Richard McGrath
Libertarianz Leader
Phone: 027 322 2907
Email: [email protected]

Libertarianz: More Freedom, Less Government
www.libertarianz.org.nz