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    his vacillation over the alcopops tax may have been painful for all involved, but his heart seems to have been in the right place – and as far as I’m aware he didn’t mange to achieve any actual or effective “reduction by 70% of the tax on alcopops” since the Rudd goverment were confident enough in it to pretty much ignore the negative vote, keep existing revenue and re-introduce and pass the same tax within a few months of Fielding’s spectacularly ineffective nay.

    I’d have to say that this particular nugget of FF’s history suggests they’d be more likely to struggle to make good on any promises because they lack the power base to do so, rather than from any lack of desire to follow through…

    and Worrying about supporting someone becuase you’re afraid they won’t have the support to make anything of their policies, rather than because you agree or disagree with those policies seems a little counter productive 🙂

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    From the policy pdf :

    “FAMILY FIRST believes we must adopt a policy of zero tolerance
    to binge drinking”

    Yeah right, because the authoritarian approach to cap drinking has been shown to work out so well with teenagers.Unfortunately for FF, it’s still a free country, and binge drinking is not illegal.It’s another matter that we want to reduce it, but it’s not illegal to get drunk on the weekend and function and work during the week.
    Some of their proposed measures are common sense and do make sense, but this one shows their authoritarian nature.You probably have to believe that the Earth is 6000 years old these days, to seriously believe that you can make drinking on the weekend illegal.


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