MEDIA RELEASE: Leyonhjelm diagnoses doctors’ proposals as fatal for freedom

10th January 2019

Senator David Leyonhjelm has slammed calls from unrepresentative doctor groups for further barriers to buying alcohol.

“Proposals to extend the business-destroying lockout laws to all major cities across NSW, bring forward the late-night and last-drinks curfew, and ban online food delivery services from selling and delivering alcohol, along with forced one-day delivery delays, are an appalling approach to policy,” said Senator Leyonhjelm.

This swathe of proposals has been put forward by the NSW and ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance, including the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, St Vincent’s Health Australia, the Australian Medical Association NSW and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

“This idea that the majority should be penalised because a small minority of alcohol consumers behave badly is in the same vein as labelling all Muslims as terrorists,” he said.

“I completely reject such collectivism; it tars everybody with the same brush and, in this case, punishes the overwhelming majority of us who can drink alcohol and enjoy staying out late.

“Closing down the pubs and clubs isn’t enough for these holier-than-thou doctors: now they don’t want you to enjoy a beer with your Sunday night Uber Eats or have a bottle of wine conveniently delivered to your dinner party that you’ve under-catered for.

“Doctors like to think they have the moral authority to tell people how to live their lives, but if their ideas ever became reality we’d all be living sad boring lives.

“Such nanny state thinking is exactly the reason I have decided to run for the Liberal Democrats at the March 23 state election. Be assured that when I am in the NSW Parliament, I will make damn sure these organisations never receive a cent of taxpayers’ money.”

Media: Kelly Burke 0408 734 586

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