Northern Territory Minister for Health Natasha Fyles
Northern Territory Liquor Commission Bill Passes Parliament
Victor P Taffa
Northern Territory Government has taken a significant step towards tackling alcohol related harm with Parliament passing key legislation to re-establish the Northern Territory Liquor Commission and make related amendments to the Liquor Act.
Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said Territorians deserve safe communities.
“There’s too much alcohol fuelled violence and crime in the Territory and the legislation passed today is part of a suite of reforms to address that.” Minister Fyles said.
Recent Riley Review into alcohol laws and policies in the Northern Territory gave us 220 recommendations and the Northern Territory Government has made significant gains:
- Passing legislation to re-establish an Northern Territory Liquor Commission
- Introducing a new public interest and community impact test for decisions under the Liquor Act
- Working to finalise members and chairs of the Liquor Commission
- Extending and expanding a moratorium on new takeaway licences
- Establishing the Alcohol Review Implementation Steering Committee & Industry Reference Group
- Establishing the Alcohol Review Implementation Team in the Department of Chief Minister to drive and coordinate reform
Minister Fyles said passing the Liquor Commission Bill and Liquor Amendment (Licensing) Bill was a critical step in preparing for many other recommendations to be addressed.
“These changes pave the way for a rewrite of the Liquor Act recommended by the Riley Review.”
“Laws not only allow for the creation of the Liquor Commission, but empower the Commission to make liquor licencing decisions while the Act is rewritten.” Minister Fyles said.
“Liquor Commission will apply a new public interest and community impact test to decisions, striking the balance between industry and community needs.”
Minister Fyles said re-establishing the Liquor Commission is a key recommendation in the Riley Review to restore trust and transparency.
“Territorians deserve to have a say on liquor licensing decisions impacting on their communities and public hearings will allow them to do that.”
“Expressions of Interest for the Liquor Commission Chair, Deputy Chair and Member positions have now closed and the Commission is expected to be operational next month.” Minister Fyles said.
A detailed response to the Riley Review outlining proposed changes to the liquor Act is expected later this month.