LASTCALL:Patrons of the Station Hotel
LASTCALL:Patrons of the Station Hotel

Could this be the lsat round?

By RENEE REDMOND

PATRONS of the Station Hotel in South Lismore yesterday clinked beer glasses to the great Aussie tradition of the shout.

However, it may be their final chance under proposed changes to NSW drinking laws.

Premier Bob Carr announced plans in State Parliament on Wednesday to introduce new laws to fine patrons $1100 if they bought drinks for others who may have had too much to drink.

Regular patron, Brad Williams, of Lismore, said he was unable to comprehend why he should be held responsible for a mate who has had too much to drink.

"It's a pretty airy fairy statement, one person's idea of enough is completely different to another," he said. "Mateship is what shouts are about, you look after your mate in any case, you can't make him go home but you can advise him to.

"Bob Carr could be gone tomorrow and the rest of us will still be sitting here having a beer. We can vote him out but he can't stop us from buying drinks in shouts."

The new laws were part of a seven-point plan that was proposed at the alcohol summit this year.

Mr Carr wants to introduce the laws early in the new year. He also plans to double the maximum fine to $11,000 for repeat offenders who supply liquor to a minor or who permit intoxication or violent conduct.

"Around 75 per cent of street incidents attended by police involve alcohol and 60 per cent of these occurred in or near licensed premises," Mr Carr told the Parliament.

The three new laws proposed are:

$1100 for first offenders who give alcohol to an intoxicated person on a licensed premises.

$5500 fine for those who enter a licensed venue within 24 hours of being directed to leave.

$5500 fine for those who remain in the vicinity of a pub or club after being refused entry for being intoxicated or vi- olent.

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