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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 25 March 2010) . . Page.. 1560 ..


In conclusion, the government believes that a new risk-based licensing fee framework is required to fund the new early intervention model of enforcement. The new fee structure will be set out in a fee determination and will reflect the higher risks and regulatory costs associated with late night trading with a commensurably higher late night trading fee. The new risk-based fees will fund the new police and regulatory enforcement powers I have already announced to ensure the compliance with the legislation.

The government will be preparing a draft set of regulations for public comment. The regulations will prescribe certain aspects of liquor laws, including the way liquor is promoted and sold and new trading hours. Promotional activities influence the way people consume liquor and how they behave. Drink promotions which encourage excessive and irresponsible consumption of alcohol can contribute to antisocial behaviour, alcohol-related violence and disorder as well as the obvious adverse health effects. The new standard trading hours will operate from 7 am to midnight, with a new late night trading authorisation process for licensees who choose to trade past midnight.

After this consultation round, a government bill will be prepared based on the exposure draft bill, taking into account the views expressed to government in public comments. The bill will be introduced in the June sittings and will commence, I would hope, before the end of the year.

After the new laws have been operating for two years, it is proposed that a review will be commenced for completion in 2013. This review will look at all aspects of the legislation, including the new risk-based licence and fee structure and gather evidence-based data to gauge the efficacy of the new reforms. I also understand that a number of jurisdictions have recently introduced new liquor laws or are looking at their laws as we speak, and the review will also be able to draw on their experiences.

I would like to invite members of the Assembly, the broader public, the liquor industry, community groups and government agencies to provide comment on this draft bill. The success of these reforms depends directly on a partnership between government, the community and the liquor industry. I am confident that that partnership will be successful because of the contributions we have already seen made by all of these groups.

Finally, I thank all of those parties who contributed to the government’s discussion paper and final report. The submissions were crucial in the development of this draft legislation. Through the valuable insights they provided, the affected parties have provided us with the ability to view and undertake activities linked to liquor, and the government has been able to develop an effective, balanced approach in partnership to regulating liquor. I commend the exposure draft to the assembly.

Paper

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Crimes (Serious Organised Crime) Amendment Bill 2010—Revised explanatory statement.


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