Attorney General Simon Corbell has announced the tabling of the Final Report on the Review of Liquor Licensing Fees.
He goes to some lengths to say they’ve got no proof the laws brought in last year have hurt any bars, but he does concede the main complaint:
In December 2010, 636 licensees applied to renew their liquor licences compared with 592 in 2009/10; 612 in 2008/09 and 601 in 2007/08 suggesting a market trend where more licensees are staying in the liquor market.
Based on the results of the alcohol-related incident data provided by ACT Policing, the review has recommended that the Government consider adjusting the liquor fees to better reflect the lower risk of harm to the community from smaller licensees.
“The review made a number of other recommendations which I will also give close consideration to in making a new fees determination for next year,” Minister Corbell said.
The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury has responded saying they told him so.
A key finding of the Report was that “The Government consider adjusting the current fee framework to lower fees for smaller licensees”. It also reports that “Overall, the submissions confirm that a fairer approach should be calibrated”.
The Greens May 2011 submission to the review recommended that smaller venues be offered lower fees