ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Attorney-General Vicki Dunne announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will simplify the liquor law system to make it easier for businesses to comply and improve safety. Mr Seselja said the Canberra Liberals recognise the need for a licensing solution that does not stifle business and also ensures the safety of patrons.
“ACT Labor’s approach to liquor licensing has imposed unnecessary restrictions and costs on the hospitality industry, without significant benefit,” Mr Seselja said.
“A Canberra Liberals Government would give the industry a liquor licensing framework that doesn’t stifle business, and also allows patrons to enjoy themselves responsibly.
“Our plan will give Canberra’s nightlife a boost through better safety and amenity, and will help smaller or niche establishments survive and thrive,” Mr Seselja concluded.
A Canberra Liberals Government will:
- Immediately abolish the requirement for establishments that operate solely as restaurants and cafes to complete and submit a Risk Assessment Management Plan.
- Review the requirement for Risk Assessment Management Plans for accommodation providers and “casual” licensees, with a view to removing this requirement where possible.
- In consultation with the industry, review the liquor regulatory regime (including licensing fees, occupancy loadings, outdoor areas, RSA training requirements, and incentives for encouraging responsible drinking behaviour) to develop a truly risk-based approach.
- Review enforcement arrangements to ensure coverage is adequate, but not excessive, and targeted effectively.
- Expand on-the-spot fines for low level alcohol-related antisocial behaviour.
- Build emphasis on personal responsibility, by requiring people to pay the cost of the use of the “sobering-up” facility.
- Help develop liquor laws similar to those in other jurisdictions.
- Ensure that students, as part of their vocational training, have an opportunity to do RSA training.
“This plan strikes the right balance between public safety and respecting the rights of patrons,” Mrs Dunne said.
“It is the result of extensive consultation with the hospitality sector over many years,’ Mrs Dunne concluded.