The Australian Hotels Association (WA) welcomes today’s decision to suspend the proposed new Pilbara liquor restrictions from being imposed on 31 March whilst the WA Liquor Commission examines several appeals to the proposed restrictions.
The decision to delay will allow the Commission to review and scrutinise the proposed restrictions, which the AHA has consistently opposed.
Australian Hotels Association (WA) CEO Bradley Woods welcomed today’s decision and urged the regulator to go back to the drawing board.
“These blanket restrictions across an entire region will be ineffective in achieving the very thing they are designed to address – alcohol abuse,” Mr Woods said.
“Everyone wants to see a reduction in alcohol and drug related harm however this needs to be done in a targeted, effective way if we are to see real results.”
“Where alcohol restrictions have applied to other parts of Western Australia alcoholics have moved to other areas.”
“The proposed restrictions have major flaws, making it easy for problem drinkers to circumvent them and rendering the policy useless.
“The AHA has long advocated for the introduction of a Banned Drinkers Register, which has widespread support from industry, the State Government the wider community.”
“The only way to see a sustained, meaningful reduction in alcohol-related harm is to ensure problem drinkers cannot access alcohol – this can only be done through the introduction of a Banned Drinkers Register.”