Liquor licence fees now off to committee

johnboy 18 November 2011


In the ongoing war between the Australian Hotels Association and the rest of humanity the Liberals have announced that they’ve sent the vexed liquor licence fees to the untender mercies of the Justice and Community Safety Committee.

“I am glad the majority of the Assembly today backed the Canberra Liberals call for ACT Labor’s shambolic liquor licence fees to receive Committee scrutiny,” ACT Shadow Attorney-General, Vicki Dunne said today.

“Not only did ACT Labor give businesses less than three weeks to prepare for the fee increases, there was also confusion in the industry about the timing of payments and licence types.

“This confusion about licence types was so severe that ACT Labor was forced to delay any further decisions on the licences until next year.

“The Committee will now do as the government should have done in the first place.

“It will talk with the industry, learn from the industry’s experience in the field and make recommendations to government that will help compile a more suitable fee regime,” Mrs Dunne concluded.

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