Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says he wasn’t trying to mislead the public when claiming Labour’s smokefree laws would see just one store in Northland selling tobacco despite the true figure being 35.
In defending the new Government’s decision to scrap Labour’s smokefree policies Luxon this week said that plan would have seen only one store being able to sell tobacco products in all of Northland and it would become a target for crime.
Official documents published by the director-general of health stated there would instead be 35, including 17 in town and city centres and 18 in rural areas.
“We think it’s wrong, for example, to have a single store in Northland as a target for crime and ram raids, and for gangs and to ultimately drive into a bigger black market,” Luxon said during the post-Cabinet press conference last Wednesday.
Leader of the House and senior minister Chris Bishop then repeated the line this morning in an interview with Jack Tame on TVNZ’s Q+A, despite Tame pointing out multiple times that official documents stated there would be 35.
“There’d be one store in Northland, that’s my understanding, yes,” said Bishop.
Jack Tame doing what Jack Tame does best – well researched current affairs that destroys a politician.
The ZB talking points National have played with here to try and deflect attention from their appalling Tobacco deaths for tax cuts, is the exact same pre-mediated spin lines they used when selling their $250 per fortnight tax cut which was found to be only going to 3000 households.
In this Tobacco case and the Tac Cut example, they have specifically chosen language that misleads voters.
There isn’t just 1 tobacconist in Northland, there will be 35!
Q+A exposed this, and it is just further evidence of how dreadful this Government is, and just how quickly the wheels are coming off this awful threesome.
Smoking kills 67% of users, any other product that killed 67% of users wouldn’t be allowed!
The Tobacco industry sell an addictive poison and as such aren’t just a normal member of the market, they are part of Industries that require the jackboot of the State on their throats constantly so that they can receive extra tax to pay for the social damage they cause.
Gambling, Tobacco, Booze, Prostitution – we allow these products to be legal because if they were illegal it would only feed organised crime. We appreciate the social damage they cause so the regulations are far more stringent.
The global media shock at this new Hard Right Racist Government allowing Tobacco deaths for tax cuts has damaged our global standing.
Hone Harawira is 100% when he criticises the appalling decision to allow tax cuts for tobacco deaths…
Former Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, a member of Hāpai te Hauora Smokefree Taskforce, said Māori would die from the changes.
“They’re happy to let Māori die so that they can get more money for tax cuts for their rich friends,” he told 1News.
“That’s the horrifying thing, that they are so naked in their charge for cash.”
…that the new Government would willingly support legislation that sees more Māori die so they can raise taxes is an obscenity!
Excellent Public Interest Journalism Fund journalism by Jack!
The media are not bribed, they are just well researched and Politicians lie!
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