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To Gene Tunny,
In reference to the past 18 months; There has been talk regarding changing the way packaged liquor is sold in Queensland. Recently I have contacted my MP advocating for change to allow supermarkets to be licensed inline with our NSW, ACT and VIC counterparts. There is a window of opportunity for this topic to be included in upcoming Qld Liquor Act review, mainly focusing on Liquor Trading hours in Queensland.
In respect to the above topic and if time permits? Can you please do a piece on this subject and have it published to Queensland Economy watch. Your expertise and involvement in this would be greatly appreciated and I look forward to a balanced written article, advocating for change in this sector.
Please refer to the below points for the reasoning for the review and change.
Allowing Packaged Liquor in store especially in Queensland will give rise to new retail concepts and fit outs reducing costs without the need for separate leases on premises. This can open up choice for the consumer to conveniently purchase liquor responsibly along with food on one receipt.
Brisbane CBD and other areas of Queensland now have a situation where only one retailer nearly controls all the Liquor outlets because of outdated laws limiting choice to the consumer. (E.g The new BWS located opposite Coles in the Myer Centre).
Other States around Australia have reviewed their Liquor laws in recent years in to allow fair competition in the Packaged Liquor market. Outdated laws in Queensland stating that a Hotel needs to be acquired before applying to sell Packaged Liquor off premise is not a cost effective method, due to slim margins in liquor sales. As I am aware, The Federal Government is in favour of the change to occur and will offer a financial incentive to the State, if the law is changed, in accordance to the Harper Review.
If Packaged Liquor laws were to be updated in Queensland it has the advantage of allowing people from as young as 16 to sell liquor as long as they have completed an online Responsible Service of Alcohol qualification. This will maintain youth employment as well as teaching a larger demographic of younger generation about the effects of alcohol, on how it should be sold and managed responsibly; improving overall community education, on alcohol awareness.
In recent years there has been a spike in crime targeting standalone Liquor Stores due to their isolation and staffing levels. Having Packaged Liquor sold in Supermarkets is safer due to increased staff, security, CCTV and lighting, acting as deterrent to potential crime.
As an avid modern day consumer. I look forward to effective policy outcomes, changing and modernising the Queensland Liquor Act. To embrace people’s modern day expectations within the State of Queensland on how Packaged Liquor is purchased well into the future. This will lead to a secure, safe and responsible manner of purchasing alcohol, inline with most jurisdictions around Australia and the region.
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