New harsher licensing laws


NORTHERN Rivers pubs and clubs that breach licensing laws risk being shut down under new State Government laws, Clarence MP Steve Cansdell has said.

“We are introducing into Parliament a law that will treat licensed venues who don’t do the right thing much more harshly,” Mr Cansdell said.

“Under our ‘three strikes and you're out’ policy, a pub, club or bottle shop will be forced to close if it repeatedly breaches licensing conditions.

“These offences include permitting intoxication, allowing violent behaviour on the premises, supplying alcohol to a minor or an intoxicated patron, and permitting the sale or use of illicit drugs on the premises.

“Under the policy, a licensed venue would record a strike for repeated breaches of a range of offences under the Liquor Act which result in unacceptable impacts on local communities.”

Mr Cansdell said the policy would be broken down as the following:

  • Strike One would be imposed after three offences within 12 months.
  • Strike Two would be imposed if there are two additional offences at the same venue within the next 12 months.
  • Strike Three would be imposed after another offence at that venue within 12 months of the second strike.

The first two strikes would result in a sliding scale of penalties, including various restrictions such as lock-out times, plastic cups, limited strength alcoholic beverages and no shots. 

The third strike could result in the licensee and the venue itself losing its licence for life.

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