A NSW government spokeswoman has denied that the changes to the state’s liquor laws will affect people’s ability to buy alcohol.
Key points:The ABC has learned the NSW government is planning to introduce the controversial changes in 2018Key pointsNSW is planning changes to its liquor laws that include a ban on minors buying alcohol from licensed outletsThe changes were revealed to the ABC by a source who was not authorised to speak to the mediaThe ABC understands the NSW Department of Health has been asked to review the proposals.
The changes to alcohol laws introduced by Premier Gladys Berejiklian have sparked concerns among liquor industry figures and customers about the impact of the changes.
“I’ve been saying this is going to happen for the last six months,” Liquor Control Minister David Smith told the ABC on Tuesday.
“This will be implemented this year and then the NSW Minister of Health will come in and make the final decision.”
In a statement released to the Nine Network, NSW Health Minister Michael Dickson said the Government would make the announcement on Wednesday, but did not say when.
“We are taking this matter very seriously and have taken steps to ensure that we take appropriate action to protect vulnerable people,” Mr Dickson’s statement said.
“In accordance with the National Alcohol and Drug Law Reform Act 2017, the Minister will release the results of this review on Thursday.”
If the outcome of this assessment is positive, we will make a recommendation on how the changes will be made.
“As part of the review, we are also reviewing the state government’s liquor licensing regime.”
Ms Berejick’s plan to change the NSW Liquor Licensing Act has caused a stir among some liquor industry members.
“That’s just stupid,” said the ABC’s Anna Burchill.
“There’s nothing in the liquor industry that is not going to get affected by this change.”
It’s a total ban on children buying alcohol and a ban for all the ages.
It’s a ban that’s going to cost people their jobs and their livelihoods.
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