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Flawed ‘three strikes’ scheme further undermined by hasty government proposal

21 May 2017: A government program designed to ensure licensed venues across New South Wales comply with liquor regulation was already failing to target the industry’s worst repeat offenders. Now critics say a bill, introduced to Parliament by Racing Minister Paul Toole, threatens to further weaken the scheme and put the safety of patrons and local communities at increased risk. The NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA), the state’s leading alcohol policy coalition is seeking to delay the Bill until such time as Parliament and public can consider all the information the Government has relied upon to support the amendments including community objections. NAAPA’s previous submission into the review of the Three strikes disciplinary scheme highlighted serious loopholes and exemptions, and identified that the most violent and well connected pubs and nightclubs had not received any convictions and subsequent strikes since the beginning of the scheme in 2012. NAAPA spokesperson and community advocate, Tony Brown says it is obvious that none of those concerns have been properly considered. “It’s disappointing and frankly alarming that the Government’s response is to further dismantle a scheme that should serve to keep patrons and the community safe.  Rather than addressing the abundantly clear short-comings, the proposed amendments appear to have been written by the NSW alcohol industry for the alcohol industry,” Mr Brown said. Dr John Crozier, co-chair of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) Committee and Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma Committee echoes that opinion, and believes it is becoming increasingly difficult for the community to have confidence in the effectiveness of liquor laws and their application in New South Wales. “The Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority now boasts a one hundred per cent approval record for liquor licence applications, against the objections of Police, the Department of Health and the local community. The Government’s proposed changes to the Three Strikes scheme only serves to weaken the scheme and to further undermine the public’s confidence,” Dr Crozier said. Dr Crozier and Mr Brown are available for interview. Media contact: Jeremy Henderson         0425 559 710 View a PDF of this media release

Submission to the Liquor & Gaming NSW evaluation of Kings Cross alcohol sales data reporting requirement Discussion Paper

April 2017: This submission supports the 2016 research report conducted by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) on Understanding Alcohol Sales Data in Australia (2016 CAPR Report), and argues that accurate and reliable collection of state-wide wholesale and retail alcohol sales data will enable NSW to pave the way for a national standard of alcohol sales data. Read more...

NAAPA submission to the NSW small bars review

July 2016: This submission recommends that NSW remove the automatic extension of trading hours for small bars to adequately recognise risk associated with late trade; remove community impact statement exemptions for small bars to ensure adequate provision for community input to liquor licensing decisions; and maintain the 60 patron limit for small bars. Read more...

NAAPA submission to the Kings Cross ID scanner review

July 2016: This submission recommends that alcohol sales are regulated in an appropriate and consistent manner and that policy development be based on evidence to ensure harm from alcohol is minimised. Although ID scanners are commonly supported by a variety of stakeholders, their effectiveness in reducing alcohol-related harm is limited. For this reason, they must not be considered an alternative to more effective policy measures, such as regulation of outlet density and trading hours. Read more...

NAAPA submission to the ACT Building on Liquor Reform: White Paper

May 2016: This submission provides comment on the 40 proposals for amendments to Australian Capital Territory (ACT) liquor laws outlined in the Building on Liquor Reform: White Paper. NAAPA expresses its strong support for addressing late night trading hours and urges the ACT Government to prioritise implementation of Proposal 1, Option 1, to make the last licensed time for on-licence premises 3am. Read more...

2016 Australian Capital Territory poll

June 2016: The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) commissioned ReachTEL to undertake polling of Australian Capital Territory (ACT) residents to gain an understanding on attitudes towards alcohol, perceptions of safety and support for trading hour ‘last drinks’ policies. Read more...

NAAPA submission to the Independent Review of the Impact of Liquor Law Reforms (NSW)

April 2016: This submission addresses the terms of reference of the Independent Review, and provides an objective critique regarding the impact of the NSW liquor law reforms. NAAPA and its members support the extension of NSW measures to reduce individual and economic costs associated with alcohol-related violence and other harms. Read more...

NAAPA submission to the Review of the Three Strikes Disciplinary scheme in NSW – Community

February 2016: This submission incorporates three case studies that establish that the regulation of alcohol in NSW including the Three Strike scheme is flawed. This cannot be redressed by minor modifications and a band-aid approach to the problem. Read more...

NAAPA submission to the ACT issues paper: Proposals for regulatory reform

October 2015: The New South Wales Australian Capital Territory Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) provided a submission to the ACT Government on the Issues paper: Proposals for regulatory improvements as part of the ongoing Liquor Act Review consultation process. Read more...

NAAPA Submission to the ACT Issues paper: Addressing alcohol-related harm

September 2015: NAAPA welcomes the opportunity to provide comment on the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government’s Issues paper: Addressing alcohol-related harm. NAAPA makes a total of 18 recommendations for evidence based measures to address alcohol harms in the ACT as part of this reform. Read more...
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