Broome booze register legislation needed

Date:  20 February 2012

The Barnett Government must introduce legislation to regulate alcohol purchases in Broome and the West Kimberley to combat alcohol abuse, Shadow Racing and Gaming Minister Mick Murray said today.


Mr Murray said Woolworths and Coles’ reluctance to sign up to the Banned Drinking Register ID scanning system to monitor takeaway alcohol sales made it difficult for local police to curb alcohol-related issues in Broome.

 

“If the liquor outlets refuse to sign up, the Barnett Government must intervene,” Mr Murray said.

 

“Drinkers are drifting to areas in the West Kimberley that aren’t subject to strict alcohol restrictions and causing a great deal of disruption, including alcohol fuelled violence.

 

“The Banned Drinking Register is needed so problem drinkers are refused access to takeaway alcohol sales after retail workers scanned their photo identification.

 

“The system achieved positive results in trial stages in the Northern Territory and should be introduced to towns including Derby, Kununurra, Port Hedland and Carnarvon.”

 

Mr Murray said the Banned Drinker Register was introduced in the Northern Territory in July 2011 and point of sale devices were installed in 260 takeaway liquor outlets.

 

“Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron refused to introduce legislation into the Parliament to set up a similar register in Western Australia,” Mr Murray said.

 

“As a result, the Kimberley continues to experience high levels of repeat drink driving offences, repeat alcohol infringement notices, alcohol related assaults and domestic violence breaches.

 

“Banned Drinking Registers are a proven method of tackling alcohol-related issues and the Barnett Government must introduce legislation to set them up in WA.”

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