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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 4390..


material or item is as a result of their work or employment within the parameters of the criminal justice system, is for a law enforcement purpose and is reasonable in the circumstances for the law enforcement purpose in which the person was engaged. I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Liquor (Consequential Amendments) 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) (10.11): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Liquor (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2010 introduces a number of consequential amendments and transitional arrangements to ensure a smooth transition from the old Liquor Act to the new Liquor Act 2010. Schedule 1 of the bill amends various acts and regulations across the statute book to update existing definitions with new definitions and references. It also delays commencement of the responsible service of alcohol, or RSA, provisions for six months to give the training sector sufficient time to develop appropriate courses and have them approved by the Commissioner for Fair Trading.

The new offences dealing with the supply of liquor without an RSA certificate will also be delayed for 12 months to give people working in the liquor industry sufficient time to enrol with a registered training organisation and undertake the RSA course.

There is also a number of amendments to various sections in the Liquor Act 2010 to clarify the operation of several provisions. For example, section 25 is amended to clarify that only licensees who sell liquor for consumption on the premises—for example in pubs, bars, nightclubs, restaurants and cafes and clubs—will need to complete a risk assessment management plan, or RAMP. Off-licence holders who sell liquor from bottle shops and supermarkets do not need to prepare one because they can only sell liquor for consumption off the premises.

Section 39 is amended to clarify that forms must be used if approved by the commissioner and fees may be payable if determined under the act. Section 78 is amended to clarify and remove any doubt about when suitability information about premises would need to be considered by the commissioner. During the debate on the Liquor Bill, there was some discussion about how this provision might operate. Unlike section 69, which focuses on the suitability of a person to operate a licensed premises, the focus of section 78 is on the suitability of the premises to sell liquor from.


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