Three-strikes-and-you’re-out booze laws in play

THE state government’s much hyped new three-strikes-and-you’re-out policy for pubs which flout liquor laws has been finalised to a mixed reaction.

“The scheme… sends a clear message there is no place for rogue licensees in the NSW liquor industry,” Hospitality Minister George Souris said.

Hotels will receive a strike if they permit intoxication or violent behaviour, supply alcohol to minors or an intoxicated patron, and sell alcohol outside authorised trading hours.

Kings Cross Licensing Accord Association CEO Doug Grand said venues with good management practices had nothing to worry about.

“The way I read it is that if a venue has got good management practices then I would imagine that they should be safe with the three-strikes policy. If the policy is targeting rogue licensees, then the Accord has no issue with it,” he said.

But Bondi Junction resident activist Danielle Ecuyer said it is becoming difficult for police to prove that a person is intoxicated.

“The police have to physically sit there and watch someone consuming the drinks, which is not possible,” she said.


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