15 Jul 2010

Liquor law changes still in the works

7:58 pm on 15 July 2010

It will be another few months before the Government announces changes to liquor laws.

In April, a Law Commission report called for reforms such as raising the legal age when people can buy alcohol to 20 years and restricting trading hours for liquor outlets.

When the report was issued, Justice Minister Simon Power said the Government would outline its response within weeks.

A spokesperson says that's now likely to happen in late August or September because of the sheer scale of the work.

Other political parties are being consulted, though the Government has ruled out an increase in the excise tax on alcohol.

Parliament will vote on the proposals as a conscience matter, not as a party vote.