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NAAPA welcomes ACT government move to strengthen Liquor Act

The New South Wales ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) today welcomes the announcement by the Deputy Chief Minister, Simon Corbell to strengthen the Liquor Act by introducing secondary supply laws and extending the membership of the Liquor Advisory Board.

In 2013, in its Submission to the Two Year Review of the ACT Liquor Laws and Licensing Fees (2013) NAAPA called on the ACT Government to strengthen secondary supply laws and to ensure community and alcohol and other drug policy experts were represented on the Liquor Administration Board.

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) Chief Executive, Michael Thorn praised Minister Corbell’s announcement.

“NAAPA welcomes the ACT Government’s announcement to introduce new legislation targeting the supply of alcohol to minors, a measure NAAPA has long advocated for and one that will reduce alcohol harms,” Mr Thorn said.

Mr Thorn also welcomed the announcement by the Minister Corbell that the ACT Government will be consulting with the community and stakeholders over the course of the year on other reforms to the Liquor Act.

“Much has happened since the Liquor Act was updated in 2010, and we can learn a lot from Newcastle and Sydney, where modest reductions in trading hours have resulted in significant declines in alcohol-related violence. NAAPA looks forward to working with the ACT Government in this next stage of the Liquor Act review process to ensure the legislation best protects the people of the ACT from the harms from alcohol”, Mr Thorn said.

Mr Thorn (@MichaelTThorn) is available for interview.

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