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15 May. 2019

Liquor Reform Introduced

Parliament continues in the Northern Territory this week, with the introduction of the Liquor Bill 2019.

The Bill is a complete rewrite of the Liquor Act 1978, and achieves 70 recommendations of the 2017 Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review Final Report (the Riley Review).

The Bill provides a robust regulatory framework through its primary purpose of harm minimisation.

The Bill modernises the way the Territory deals with alcohol and is designed to meet community expectations and industry needs, give regulatory bodies certainty and creates long-term benefits for Territorians.

Extensive consultation has been held with industry and stakeholders, including on the exposure draft bill, across the Territory in April, with over 20 formal submissions received.

The public will have a further opportunity to comment on the Bill as it goes through the Scrutiny Committee process.

Other Bills for introduction during sittings this week are:

The Hemp Industry Bill 2019
The Environment Protection Bill 2019
The Construction Contracts (Security of Payments) Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
The Education and Care Services (National Uniform Legislation) Amendment Bill 2019

Parliament is set to debate the Water Amendment Bill 2019. The Bill includes reforms needed to implement recommendations from the Pepper Inquiry, which will go towards allowing a well-regulated hydraulic fracturing industry to develop.

Parliament will also debate the Motor Vehicles (Compensation) Amendment Bill 2019. The purpose of this Bill is to ensure anybody who is working and injured in a motor vehicle accident (regardless of their age) is eligible to receive LOEC (loss of earning capacity) benefits, subject to a two-year time limit for those who have reached or exceed pension age.

The Medical Services Amendment Bill 2018 is also set for debate.

Quotes from Leader of Government Business, Natasha Fyles:

 “The purpose of the Liquor Act re-write in the Northern Territory is to achieve real change by creating an Act that meets community expectations, gives NT regulatory bodies substantive, flexible and sensible powers, provides businesses and community groups with regulatory certainty and achieves long term benefits for the Northern Territory.”

“The Liquor Act must provide a coherent framework for the operation of the liquor industry within harm minimisation principles.”

Media Contact: Rob Cross 0439 778 095