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VIOLENCE SHOULD NOT MEAN RETAILER REGULATION
The President of the Liquor Stores Association
New South Wales (LSA NSW), David Reberger
(pictured) has said that the association does not
believe there is justification for any regulation
of liquor retailers based on an argument that it
would reduce alcohol-related violence.
Speaking at the LSA NSW Panel last month,
Reberger said the association supports efforts to
reduce alcohol-related violence, but added that
there is no evidence to support greater liquor
"LSA NSW does not believe that there is
justification for any regulation of liquor retailers
based on an argument that it would reduce
alcohol-fuelled violence," Reberger said.
"The evidence is simply not there to support it.
However the retail liquor industry, like the broader
community supports a targeted approach from
police and greater penalties for anyone who goes
out and inflicts harm on others. Our industry
strongly supported the removal of consumption of
alcohol beverages as an excuse for criminal and
anti-social behaviour in NSW."
He added: "Of great concern is that, while
alcohol related domestic assault has been in
steady and consistent decline, non-alcohol related
domestic assault continues to steadily increase.
"In addition, arrests for amphetamine-related
offences, as well as cocaine and other narcotics
are all on the rise.
"We commend the actions of NSW Police in
rolling out Mobile Drug Testing. This action is a
clear acknowledgement of the potential harms
and risks associated with the increasing abuse of
illicit drugs in our society."
Speaking about liquor regulation in NSW
Reberger also highlighted that of the 200 strikes
that have been issued in the three-strike system,
just 12 have been issued to packaged liquor
spoke about the
state's laws which
require liquor stores
to close at 10pm,
"As attested by
few packaged venues on the 'three strikes' list,
our industry is favourably viewed for knowing
our customers and doing the right thing by
the communities we serve. We also think our
customers are mature adults who weren't doing
anything wrong by being able to make a purchase
after 10pm. And the evidence supports this.
"You can't ask for more compelling evidence
than that provided by BOCSAR. The 10pm forced
closure measure for packaged liquor sales did
not move the trend line one iota from its previous
WET REBATE REFORMS
RECEIVE A MIXED
While the government stopped short of wholesale
changes to Australia's alcohol beverage taxation, the
Treasurer did announce some changes to the Wine
Equalisation Tax (WET), which have received a mixed
reaction from the wine industry.
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) and Pernod Ricard
Winemakers welcomed the WET reforms, but
medium and small wineries have raised concerns
over the reduction of the rebate cap.
Treasurer Scott Morrison announced that the
rebate eligibility criteria will be tightened from 1 July,
2019. He also said that $500,000 rebate cap will be
brought down to $350,000 by 1 July, 2017 and to
$290,000 by 2018.
Mitchell Taylor, managing director of Taylors
Wines and chair for medium winemakers for
the Winemakers' Federation of Australia, raised
concerns over the reforms.
"These changes have taken too long, and that the
WET rebate restrictions will not take effect until July
2019 is yet another delay," Taylor said.
"For the WET rebate, the government has not
taken action against New Zealand wineries tapping
into the rebate scheme. More than an estimated $300
million from 2013-2014 of tax payer dollars was
claimed and given back to New Zealand producers.
To create a level playing field for domestic producers,
I feel very strongly that this should be abolished."
Taylor added: "The reduction of the rebate cap is
also a point of concern, as the reduction of credits
from $500k down to $290k in 2018 will have major
impacts on those genuine medium and small wineries
who depend on the WET rebate to re-invest into their
businesses and employees."
Angus McPherson, TWE's managing director for ANZ
welcomed the WET reforms.
"TWE welcomes the Government's decision to reform
the WET Rebate and to strengthen the integrity of the
tax. These reforms are consistent with the Rebate's
original intent and will help address the distortionary
aspects of the current system which have done so much
damage to the Australian wine industry.
"Having waited several years for meaningful
change on the WET Rebate it is crucial that we now
get on with the job of implementation. Whilst a short
transition period makes sense, we encourage the
Government to move quickly to enact these reforms."
As well as the WET changes, the government also
announced plans to extend the excise rebate scheme
to Australian distillers and a $50m investment in
Australia's wine export and wine tourism.
Yalumba has announced it will
further develop its brands in
China through a new distribution
partnership with ASC Fine
The partnership will see ASC,
which is owned by Suntory Wine
International (SWI), become the
exclusive distributor in mainland
China of wines from The Yalumba
Wine Company and Hill-Smith
Family Vineyards including its
sister vineyard Nautilus Estate of
Marlborough, New Zealand.
ASC is China's leading fine wine
importer and distributor with a
portfolio that includes more than
1200 premium labels from over
100 wineries around the world.
Bruno Baudry, CEO of ASC
said: "We are absolutely thrilled
to welcome The Yalumba Wine
Company, the Hill-Smith Family
Vineyards and their sister Nautilus
Estate of Marlborough, New
Zealand, to our portfolio of fine
wines. The addition will be pivotal
to ASC's continuous growth in
the new stage of development of
China's dynamic wine market."
For the last 11 years Yalumba
has been distributed in China
by Summergate Fine Wines and
Spirits and chairman Robert Hill-
Smith thanked the team for its
friendship and support.
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