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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2378..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

supports the effectiveness of such a measure. On the other hand, there are some potential risks associated with naming of drink-driving offenders. These include devising a model that accurately identifies the offender without disclosing personal details that present a personal security or identity theft risk and that mitigates the risk of incorrectly naming a person as a drink-driver offender.

Another factor I have considered is the consistency of naming and shaming of drink drivers with the principles of restorative justice. Those principles are based on an approach which encourages offenders to acknowledge that what they have done is wrong and its impact on themselves and others but does not attempt to further stigmatise or isolate the offender. The requirement in the bill for all offenders to attend an alcohol awareness course is consistent with this approach and, together with other measures in the bill directed at deterring drink driving, is to be preferred.

Therefore, on balance, given the lack of evidence to demonstrate that naming and shaming is an effective deterrent measure, and the very significant new measures in the bill, I have decided not to proceed with systemic naming and shaming of drink drivers.

I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.

Liquor Bill 2010

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo-Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.24): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to introduce to the Assembly today the Liquor Bill 2010, which will replace the old Liquor Act 1975. This bill will implement and facilitate the significant additional funding to ACT Policing and the Office of Regulatory Services already announced by the government in the 2010-11 budget.

The government is proposing funding of approximately $5 million over four years to fund 10 additional police officers to establish a dedicated liquor licensing team. This team will enforce the new laws proposed in this bill and further improve the police presence in our entertainment precincts and across the city. In addition, the Office of Regulatory Services will be provided with additional funding of approximately $1.34 million over four years to employ an increased number of regulatory staff to administer the new risk assessment management framework established by this bill.


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