Govt says it's done enough to curb booze fuelled crime
THE NSW Government says it has gotten tough on alcohol-related crime in its two years of leadership and made pubs and clubs safer.
Following debate at an alcohol summit at Parliament House this week, Minister Hospitality, George Souris said the government is making inroads into changing the drinking culture.
"The Summit raised issues of alcohol promotion and price. Regarding the promotion of alcohol, NSW already has strict laws empowering authorities to ban irresponsible promotions and issue heavy fines," Mr Souris said.
"The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) is also finalising comprehensive new liquor promotions guidelines to set appropriate standards.
"Regarding alcohol pricing, state governments do not control any commodity prices in Australia, however in NSW, all licensed venues, including bottle shops, must comply with strict responsible service of alcohol requirements.
"Also, the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) already considers the potential social impact of alcohol pricing when determining liquor licence applications," Mr Souris said.
He said there is evidence that the Government efforts are driving behavioural change in licensed premises reflected by crime statistics.