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Common Sense prevails as Pilbara-wide liquor restrictions rejected

alcohol_free_zone-eThe Australian Hotels Association (WA) welcomes the decision by the Liquor Commission of Western Australia, which has rejected the blanket liquor restrictions proposed for the Pilbara region.

Yesterday the Liquor Commission rejected the majority of the proposed restrictions that were to be imposed on the entire Pilbara region, following a costly and largely unnecessary legal process that has done nothing to reduce alcohol related harm.

Australian Hotels Association (WA) CEO Bradley Woods welcomed the Liquor Commission’s decision to reject the Director of Liquor Licensing’s original proposal but said the tactics employed by WA Police have resulted in an unnecessary waste of time, money and resources.

“The AHA (WA) and Liquor Stores Association (WA) have worked closely together for over two years to achieve a positive outcome and yesterday’s decision is a significant step in the right direction,” Mr Woods said.

“The practical outcome of yesterday’s decision is that those venues who could afford to challenge the restrictions and were a party to the appeal will now not face these archaic and ineffective restrictions.”

“The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor is now faced with the prospect of imposing additional restrictions on some venues while others will be able to trade as per usual.”

“This is an absurd situation that is clearly unworkable, impractical and difficult to enforce. Moreover, such restrictions will simply not achieve their original stated objective – to reduce alcohol related harm.”

“If the same energy, money and resources had been directed towards a targeted approach to reduce alcohol abuse, such as the Banned Drinkers Register trial, by now we would have made meaningful progress towards reducing harm amongst those most at risk.”

“The State Government, including Premier McGowan and Minister Papalia, have backed the trial of a Banned Drinkers Register, which is fully supported by industry and the community. It is now time for the Police and authorities to stop pursuing blanket liquor restrictions and work with industry to implement effective, targeted measures.”

Australian Hotels Association
Western Australia
38 Parliament Place
West Perth   WA  6005

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