08 Feb 2018
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
The Territory Labor Government has taken a significant step towards tackling alcohol related harm with Parliament passing key legislation to re-establish the NT Liquor Commission and make related amendments to the Liquor Act.
The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said Territorians deserve safe communities.
“There’s too much alcohol fuelled violence and crime in the Territory and the legislation passed today is part of a suite of reforms to address that,” she said.
The recent Riley Review into alcohol laws and policies in the NT gave us 220 recommendations and the Territory Labor Government has made significant gains:
Passing legislation to re-establish an NT Liquor Commission
Introducing a new public interest and community impact test for decisions under the Liquor Act
Working to finalise members and chairs of the Liquor Commission
Extending and expanding a moratorium on new takeaway licences
Establishing the Alcohol Review Implementation Steering Committee & Industry Reference Group
Establishing the Alcohol Review Implementation Team in the Department of Chief Minister to drive and coordinate reform
Minister Fyles said passing the Liquor Commission Bill and Liquor Amendment (Licensing) Bill was a critical step in preparing for many other recommendations to be addressed.
“These changes pave the way for a rewrite of the Liquor Act recommended by the Riley Review,” she said.
“The laws not only allow for the creation of the Liquor Commission, but empower the Commission to make liquor licencing decisions while the Act is rewritten.”
“The Liquor Commission will apply a new public interest and community impact test to decisions, striking the balance between industry and community needs.”
Minister Fyles said re-establishing the Liquor Commission is a key recommendation in the Riley Review to restore trust and transparency.
"The chaotic former CLP government scrapped the Liquor Commission, shutting Territorians out of a key decision making process," she said.
“Territorians deserve to have a say on liquor licensing decisions impacting on their communities and public hearings will allow them to do that.”
“Expressions of Interest for the Liquor Commission Chair, Deputy Chair and Member positions have now closed and the Commission is expected be operational next month.”
A detailed response to the Riley Review outlining proposed changes to the liquor Act is expected later this month.
Media Contact: Laetitia Lemke 0418 973 602