Page 1567 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 10 May 2017

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Other safety measures in the new legislation will assist workers who oversee safety in Canberra’s pubs and clubs. Staff will benefit from greater clarity around the ejection of unruly or disruptive patrons from licensed premises. This will be supported by a new offence for patrons who do not comply when they are asked to leave.

Workers in the industry play a central role in ensuring that a night out in Canberra remains safe and fun. The government recognises this role and values and supports these workers. Every person has the right to safety at work. These changes are a concrete way of enhancing that safety in our small businesses and in our hospitality industry.

MS ORR: Minister, how will how will the liquor legislation reforms help people to start new businesses?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Orr for the supplementary. This legislation will absolutely support the creation of new businesses in Canberra. Red tape reduction is fundamentally about reducing unnecessary costs and time burdens. A lower cost of entry and a lower cost of compliance mean that people who are thinking about starting a business will have a greater incentive to do so. Fee reductions are just one example of lowering the cost of running a small hospitality business.

From a business perspective, easier and more effective regulation of the licensed industry helps to create conditions for success. Other changes coming will mean that in venues where safety risks are lower, like restaurants, the regulatory burden will also be lower to apply for and to maintain a liquor licence.

The community safety measures in the bill that benefit workers help businesses as well. Greater safety helps to make the customer experience better, which will encourage more people to enjoy Canberra’s vibrant night life.

The owner of BentSpoke brewery in Braddon, a rather popular venue, has said that the new power to move on unruly and disruptive patrons would make his bar safer. The owner of Polit Bar in Manuka, which is notable for providing performance opportunities for a significant number of emerging Canberra dancers, singers and other artists as well as supporting various community causes, says that the fee and red tape reductions will allow her to focus on her community activity rather than paperwork.

By fostering an industry that is vibrant and safe, by helping to provide a night time environment that is also safe, this government is creating the conditions necessary for new businesses to succeed. And every successful new business means more opportunity for Canberrans to enjoy nightlife in this city. Taken as a whole, the liquor reform package is good for Canberra’s business and good for Canberra’s consumers.

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