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Annual Report 1992-1993 Northern Territory Liquor Commission



Annual Report 1992-1993 Northern Territory Liquor Commission

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Tabled Paper 1759


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Northern Territory Liquor Commission Seizures The Commission experienced a signficant increase in the number of contested matters associated with vehicles seized under section 95 of the Liquor Act. The complexity of the claims by legal counsel on behalf of the alleged offenders has seen the Commission continually approaching the Solicitor for the Northern Territory to provide legal opinions and advice on legislative interpretation. Reviews A review of roadside inns for the purposes of determining appropriate conditions of licence was completed in August 1992. The Commission is now addressing the numerous recommendations including conducting hearings into several premises throughout the Top End. The Commission proposes to carry out a comprehensive study into the effects of late night trading hours within the Darwin nighclub scene. The study will be carried out under the auspices of the Menzies School of Health Research with Dr Peter d'Abbs and Dr Ian Crundall heading the Steering Committee. It is anticipated the Steering Committee will comprise members of the industry, unions and Police. As the study will transgress several Departments, it will be facilitated by the Public Safety and Social Development Committee of the Co-ord Committee chaired by Mr M J Palmer, Commissioner of Police. LEGISLATION Two amendments to the Liquor Act were passed during the year. They are as follows: 1. Amendment to section 121 This section is concerned with the power to exclude or remove intoxicated or quarrelsome persons from licensed premises. Prior to amendment it was only a licensee who had the authority to remove or exclude. The amendment broadened this power to include employees and inspectors. 2. Amendment to section 124(2A) This amendment gave the Commission the discretionary power to determine which part of licensed premises are to be suspended from trading in liquor and for how long (up to a maximum for each offence). Annual Report 1993 Page 10