The Law Commission has presented its report on the review of the liquor laws. There are 153 recommendations. They include:

  • A 50% increase in average excise tax on alcohol
  • Purchase age from 18 to 20
  • No exemptions for 18 and 19 year olds, even if with parents at a on-license
  • 10 pm close time for off licenses
  • 4 am close time for on licenses
  • no entry policy after 2 am
  • ultimate aim should be to arrive at a point where no alcohol advertising is permitted in any media other than that which simply gives straight product information
  • A $250 “notice of debt” on anyone who is held overnight for intoxication
  • drop drive drive limit from 0.08 to 0.05
  • consideration of alcohol ignition locking devices on cars for all convicted drink-drivers
  • new offence of supplying alcohol to a minor under 18.

    Where is the recommendation that sale of alcohol should be restricted to licensed outlets such as hotels and liquor outlets only and removed from supermarkets and the like?

    (Sir Geoffrey Palmer in his best po-faced manner stated that bottled beer and STDs [for example] are cheaper to buy than bottled water. SO WHAT? We all know that bottled water is obscenely over-priced!)


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