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New Liquor Commission Announced

The Territory Labor Government has announced members of its new Liquor Commission.

The new Liquor Commission is the first step in sweeping changes to achieve the most significant alcohol reforms in the Territory’s history.

The Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said there’s too much alcohol fuelled crime and violence in the Northern Territory and this Liquor Commission is the first step in tackling that.

“We are bringing in a suite of measures to reduce alcohol related harm, in line with the Riley Review into the Territory’s alcohol policy and legislation.

Minister Fyles said re-establishing the Liquor Commission was a key recommendation of the Riley Review.

“The former CLP government scrapped the Liquor Commission, locking Territorians out of a key decision making process relating to liquor licensing in their neighbourhoods,” she said.

“We’re restoring trust and transparency by bringing back the Liquor Commission and introducing a new public interest and community impact test that will ensure industry and community needs are considered.”

Minister Fyles today announced prominent legal practitioner Richard Coates as Chair of the new Liquor Commission.

“Acting Judge Richard Coates brings more than 40 years of legal expertise to the position, including experience as the NT Director of Public Prosecutions and CEO of the Department of Justice” Minister Fyles said.

“Having someone of Mr Coates calibre lead the Territory’s Liquor Commission Membership is a significant win for the government and the Territory.

“A minimum of three members are needed for any sitting of the Liquor Commission, including a Chair or Deputy Chair and two other members, one of which must have health expertise.

“Available members have been selected from a range of backgrounds reflecting legal, health and industry experience as well as broad community knowledge.”

The term of appointment starts March 1.

The Commission will operate as an independent statutory authority with extensive powers to regulate liquor licensing while the NT Liquor Act is being overhauled.

A detailed response to the Riley Review outlining proposed changes to the liquor Act is expected later this month.


Liquor Commission Membership includes:


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