ACT and the Greens strongly oppose any move to raise the liquor puchasing age from 18 back to 20.
Other parties are mainly for the move or are divided on the issue.
Why are pro free market ACT and the socialist Greens united on this issue?
Former ACT on Campus president, David Seymour has posted an excellent piece on the AOC website that explains much.
Entitled “Left, Right, or Liberal”, the article’s central thesis is that the two main parties, National and Labour and their appendages are essentially conservative (ie wedded to the status quo, whatever that may be) while ACT and the Greens are both liberal parties with a strong desire to improve the existing social order.
I don’t think anybody will be surprised to hear that the National party are a conservative party. With the exceptions of Ruth Richardson (who openly supports another party now, ACT) and possibly Don Brash, it is difficult to think of a Nat who has had any appetite for changing the status quo. There are two possible conclusions to this: Either National have each term governed a perfect country left behind by their Labour predecessors; or they use their political power to protect those with vested interests in the status quo. Aside from their history- voting against the civil union bill and therefore other people’s right to choose- is a classic example of conserving vested interests, in this case of the church and its followers, at the expense of others’ freedom.
It might come as a bigger surprise to learn that the Labour party is a conservative party, but I think it’s fair to say that the Labour party have sold out. They have sold out to the unions and state employees who support them in return for favourable policies. When it comes to being re-elected the Labour party would be lost without the armies of union volunteers, the Brethren-style campaigns against opposition education policy by the PPTA, and the massive funding coming indirectly through union dues. A quick glance of where Labour’s new MPs came from after the last election shows just how important union representatives are to the party. With the party proper preoccupied by serving supporters’ vested interests, I feel sorry for Labour’s young, idealistic supporters.
ACT wants major societal change and so do the Greens. On many social issues our ideas coincide. Unfortunately the Greens lose the plot bigtime on economic issues, but libertarians/liberals should support good ideas where they find them, even from Green socialists.
Social progress comes from good ideas. The best new ideas come from society’s liberal fringe.
Conservative ideas have their place, but they’ll never set the world on fire.
The future belongs to the liberals.