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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2010) . . Page.. 2385 ..

The draft regulation will prescribe specific rules to underpin the operation of the new liquor laws. For example, it will prescribe rules detailing the public notice requirements which licensees will need to comply with, rules setting out the content of a RAMP and rules prohibiting certain advertising and promotional practices. The regulation will also set out the new standard and late-night trading hours. The new standard trading hours will be from 7 am to midnight, with a new late-night trading authorisation process for licensees who choose to trade past midnight—either to 2 am or 4 am. There will also be provision for licensees to seek approval from the commissioner to trade to 5 am, but only in circumstances where the commissioner is satisfied that the risk to public safety is negligible.

Finally, the government intends to undertake a two-year review of the new liquor laws which will commence 18 months or so into the operation of the new Liquor Act. The review will look at all aspects of the legislation, including the new trading hours and the new risk-based licensing fee structure, and gather evidence-based data to gauge the efficacy of the new reforms. The two-year review may also draw on the experiences of other jurisdictions which have also recently introduced new liquor laws or are looking at their laws as we debate these.

The success of the reforms made by this bill depends directly on the strong and enduring partnership between government, the community and the liquor industry, and I am confident that this partnership will be successful because of the contributions already made by individual groups, particularly those representing the liquor, hospitality and club industries.

I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the public consultation review process. The public submissions provided to the review were crucial to the process. Through the valuable insights into the way the affected parties undertake their liquor-related activities, the government has been able to develop a measured and comprehensive approach, in partnership, to the regulation of liquor. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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


MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services), by leave: I present the following papers:

Liquor Regulation 2010—

Exposure draft.

Explanatory statement to exposure draft.

I have tabled those documents this morning and I would invite members of the Assembly, the public and the broader community to provide comment on this regulation, which will be open until 6 August this year.

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