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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 7 Hansard (30 June) . . Page.. 2998..


opposite that there was going to be this massive reduction in the number of licensed venues—

Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Corbell! One moment, please; stop the clocks, thank you.

Mrs Dunne: The question was very specific. It was about the impact of liquor licensing laws on live music venues.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Attorney. We will come to the live music venues.

MR CORBELL: In relation to live music venues, I know that they do not like the facts of the argument. But in relation to live music venues, the government is currently undertaking a review of the first nine months or so of the new liquor licensing fee structure. As part of that we are looking at individual venues to try to ascertain impact on individual venue type. That work is ongoing at the moment. As members would know, I will be reporting to the Assembly later this year in relation to that review prior to the determination of the fee structure for the next licensing period, which commences on 1 November.

What is very clear to date is that the total number of licensed venues in the territory has increased, not decreased, since the new liquor licensing laws took effect. What has decreased is the amount of alcohol-fuelled violence in our community. There has been a 30 per cent reduction in the number of people being detained by the police as a result of being intoxicated and disorderly and a 25-odd per cent reduction in the number of people being arrested for alcohol-related incidents.

These are the practical results of Labor's reform, which is making the service of alcohol in our city more responsible, more effective and safer for our community.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan?

MS BRESNAN: Chief Minister, when will the government be responding to the recommendations from the Loxton review that refer to live music venues?

MS GALLAGHER: As I understand it, that matter is currently before government and will be coming to cabinet shortly. Ms Burch has carriage of it. She has taken over that portfolio in the last month. I cannot give you an exact date. It is currently before government.

Childcare—Flynn childcare centre

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. Minister, can you update the Assembly on progress on building works at the Flynn childcare centre, which occupies part of the Flynn primary school?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Coe for his question and interest in Flynn. This government over the last two years has invested $8 million in the Flynn community hub. Last


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