22 Nov 2017
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
The Territory Labor Government is providing certainty for business by repealing the 400 square metre floor size policy in Parliament.
The Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said this has been done on urgency, but won’t come into effect until the Liquor Commission is established.
“Territorians want and deserve to live in safe communities and it would be both reckless and irresponsible to create an alcohol policy vacuum in the Territory when we know the costs are so high,” Ms Fyles said.
“So much of the crime and violence that we see in the Territory is fuelled by alcohol.
"While the social cost is staggering, the economic costs are also sobering with the figure of $640 million a year established in 2009 – expected to have grown significantly in recent years, in line with statistics.
“We can’t afford to ignore this – it has to be addressed in a coordinated away and the Territory Labor Government is doing that.”
Minister Fyles said today’s move to repeal floor size legislation delivers on a key recommendations from the Alcohol Policy and Legislation Review handed to government last month.
Since receiving the Riley Review the Territory Labor Government has moved swiftly to:
Extend and expand a moratorium on all new take away liquor licences
Develop an Alcohol Unit in the Department of the Chief Minister to drive and coordinate reforms
Repeal the 400m2 legislation on urgency (which will come into effect when the Liquor Commission is re-established).
Minister Fyles said work is underway to reinstate the Liquor Commission early next year, with legislation expected to be introduced in the first sittings of 2018 (February).
“Once established businesses like Dan Murphy’s can put their case to the Liquor Commission and the Territory public,” she said.
Work to overhaul the Liquor Act, as recommended by the Alcohol Policy and Legislation Review, is expected to take a further 12 months.
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