Yesterday it was posted that Checkers Food Van was closing, and now rumour has it Kippax Tavern will be closing down on 30 November as a result of the new liquor licensing fee structure.
The ACT Government has been warned of the (supposedly) unintended consequence of smaller taverns going broke as a result of these new laws as they struggle to compete with the pokie-driven clubs.
Ironically, the Magpies Club in Kippax, practically next door to the Kippax Tavern, has one of the highest police call-outs in the ACT yet it is able to continue on its merry way while a quiet and unassuming drinking hole is forced to close, despite Corbell stating these new laws were about reducing violence.
Kippax Tavern may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that’s the beauty of it; who wants all drinking establishments to be the same? Nobody was being forced to drink at Kippax Tavern, but I certainly don’t want my only option for a night out to be a club.
Which establishment will be next to close as a result of these misapplied laws? You can bet your bottom dollar it won’t be the Labor Club.