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Mandatory liquor warnings and a military posting to Tonga make a change from redistributing NZ’s wealth

19/07/2020

More pray and spray

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Damien O’Connor, as Food Safety Minister, has moved into the business of dispensing advice rather than redistributing millions of dollars.   Or rather, he intends requiring the liquor industry to dispense the advice by putting pregnancy warning labels on alcohol products.

New Zealand shares a Food Standards system with Australia and this mandatory labelling was agreed at a meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation.

The official communique by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation can be found here.

We aren’t sure if Ron Mark, as Minister of Defence,  gets too many chances to dole out millions of dollars to businesses, local authorities or community groups deemed worthy of funding.  But he has lined up a comfortable overseas posting for someone within his ministerial bailiwick.

He announced yesterday that New Zealand is deepening its Defence relationships in the…

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