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.
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“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.