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FAYE HARTLEY, PRESIDENT
WHAT WERE THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR
LSA NT IN 2017?
The main highlights were the reintroduction of
the Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) and the
Alcohol Policy and Legislation Review, which
is commonly called the Riley Review. It had
hearings throughout the second half of 2017 with
the report being finished and the government
making comment on the recommendations at the
end of November. Of the 220 recommendations
the government said that one would not be
looked at but the other 219 would be.
The one that they weren’t going to look
at was the banning of Sunday trading across
the board for pubs, clubs and drive-throughs.
Liquor stores already don’t have Sunday trading.
The Riley Report actually gave three
recommendations, the first which they
most supported was to stop Sunday trading
altogether, the second was to give everybody
Sunday trading which would mean that liquor
stores would get that option, and the third was
to leave the status quo.
In 2018 they will be looking at rewriting the
legislation so that is our opportunity to put
forward what we would hope to get out of it,
which is an equal playing field, and hopefully
they approve it.
Out of the Riley Report they have said
they will establish an Alcohol Review
Implementation Team (ARIT) and the unit will
sit under the department of the chief minister
and would be there to drive the reforms and
coordinate the engagement with stakeholders
on new legislation.
Also in January 2018, it was passed in
Parliament that they would re-establish the Liquor
Commission whereby all applications would go to
a liquor commission instead of it being held in the
hands of the Director General of the department.
The Liquor Commission will be either a five or
seven seat held up with two legal, one health and
people from the business community. It is a better
process than what we’ve had with a government
representative having the final say and being
influenced by politicians. The Liquor Commission
won’t be able to be influenced.
The other thing that came out of the Riley
Review was to stop anymore take-away
licences being granted.
The government is also setting up an
Independent Commissioner Against Corruption
(ICAC). That bill was introduced in October
and it’s expected to pass through Parliament
in February and that will ensure that law
enforcement has the powers to prosecute any
corruption uncovered by the new ICAC, and it
WHAT WILL BE YOUR MAJOR
FOCUS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD?
We’ll be working with the ARIT, we’ve already
had three meetings with them and they’ve come
to our board meeting and explained what they
intend to do and how they will work with LSA
NT in going through the Riley Report and
focusing on what are the good and bad aspects
of the report and how we can work with the
department to get a positive result for liquor
stores going forward.
We’re also having a think tank on 22
February with the President of ALSA and the
Executive Officer of ABA, who are coming to
department on at least five to six key issues that
are going to have an effect if the Riley Report
goes through the way it is written now. It will
totally affect mum and dad liquor store owners,
so that’s why we need to have this think tank
to work towards some good, positive evidence-
based approaches that we can present to the
government to move forward.
In one of the recommendations he said that
liquor stores that are attached to a grocery
store should be phased out over seven years
and that they should either be standalone
liquor stores or closed. That leads into the
problem that we have that the big two,
Woolworths and Coles have always had a
slightly separate liquor store attached to their
supermarket, so for them it’s an easy issue, they
just pull down their blind or their roller door
and they comply, whereas the mum and dad
shops that are attached to grocery stores can’t
do that in a lot of instances.
And the way the report is written is
basically saying that liquor stores cause all
of the issues and pubs and drive-through
bottle shops don’t cause anything. But, the
government know that isn’t right.
The government has also said that we now
have to pay an annual fee for store licences,
which we have never done before, so we will
be working with the government to work out a
schedule of fees based on the size of the store.
WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO
BECOMING AN LSA NT MEMBER?
To work hand in hand with the LSA NT
and government to get a good outcome for
everybody across the board in this Liquor
Review, I believe it will bring us all together.
To be a member of LSA NT in one aspect
gives us a united voice with the government
and therefore it means we are representing
everybody across the board. It also gives them
an avenue to talk to department and the minister
and everybody in between those if they have any
issues. Minister Natasha Fyfe has an open door
policy for our members whereby if they have
any issues and aren’t getting the assistance they
need, then our members can go to her and she’ll
take on board what we tell her and where she
can she will make things happen.
WHAT IS ONE ISSUE YOU’D LIKE
TO SEE URGENTLY ADDRESSED BY
It has to be the Liquor Review because it’s
going to have the most impact on every store
in the Northern Territory and we need to get
this right because it’s the only opportunity that
we’re going to have. They are going to totally
rewrite the Liquor Act, so it is our opportunity
to put our voice forward for everything that we
see as the inequities of the past.
“To be a member of
LSA NT in one aspect
gives us a united voice
with the government
and therefore it means
we are representing
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