TIME TO VOTE TO KEEP WOMEN SAFE

The New Zealand Federation of Business & Professional Women (BPW NZ) urges all members of Parliament to vote down the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (extended licencing hours during Rugby World Cup [RWC]) bill being debated in Parliament today.

“Unfortunately, BPW NZ sent in a written submission and were not given the opportunity to discuss our concerns with the Select Committee,” says President Vicky Mee.

 “The abuse of alcohol is one of New Zealand’s foremost issues and the reduction of it should be a priority for our elected members of Parliament.

“New Zealand Police say that incidences of violence against women increase at times such as these – any aggravating factor is unacceptable.

“Our elected members have a chance to stand up for women today.

“Licensed premises are able to apply for special licences under the current legislation and we believe that process is sufficient.

“BPW NZ believes this bill is ill-conceived and been hastily thrown together.  The public have not been given an appropriate opportunity to air their views.

“Should this bill be passed it will grossly undermine the objective to minimise alcohol related harm which is the crux of the present Sale & Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

“For these reasons we urge our elected members of Parliament to vote to protect our women, allow communities to manage special licences and curb alcohol abuse by ditching this bill,” says Mrs Mee.

ENDS

For further information or to schedule an interview please contact:

Vice President Hellen Swales 0275286799  or email  VPIssues@bpwnz.org.nz

or President, Vicky Mee 021 1168 948 or email president@bpwnz.org.nz

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