21 March 2012

Greens get fair warning for liquor licensees

| johnboy
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The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is celebrating the passage of his legislation to make life a little more predictable for Canberra’s bars:

The new law requires the Government to give pubs and clubs a minimum of three months warning before changing their annual licence fees.

“This new law is about making a practical difference for small business holders across the city,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The late notice of fees has been a source of frustration for licence holders, and I am pleased the Assembly has agreed to fix the situation.

“It is unrealistic to lump new fees on businesses at the last minute and expect them to be able to find the money immediately.

“It is a shame that we needed to change the law for what should be common sense, but action was needed after two years of very late notice being given,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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The Greens shouldn’t have passed the faulty legislation in the first place. I heard that a bunch of publicans told Rattenbury to his face that the govt behaved this way, but the Greens didn’t seem to care beforehand.

Now they claim it’s a matter of “what should be common sense”. Very slow action indeed.

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