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​Statement correcting Sun Herald article

Wednesday 18 November 2015  [PDF,128kb]

An article in the Sun Herald on 15 November 2015 ("Minister met pub baron before liquor reform by Kirsty Needham") was inaccurate.

The claim that the Deputy Premier did not mention any changes to liquor laws at a community meeting held on October 7 is wrong.

The meeting was held specifically to brief attendees on the proposed changes. Attendees were advised that the administrative nature of the Government’s intended changes meant that changes to the Gaming and Liquor Administration Act 2007, including matters such as the creation of a review path to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal for some disputed licence applications, were required.

Attendees were also advised the organisational and administrative changes did not affect the Government's policy settings in relation to liquor and gambling harm. Attendees were further advised that, for this reason, no changes to the Liquor Act 2007 or Gaming Machines Act 2001 would be required.

Attendees were from the NSW/ACT Action on Alcohol Policy Alliance, represented by the Cancer Council, the Australian Medical Association and the NSW Police Association as well as the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation.