June 27, 2013
by Ed Kennedy
The Coalition government has announced an extension to the ban on new venues selling liquor after 1am continuing the policy first introduced by the former Labor Government in 2011. The ban was continued with the same aims it was brought about; with the stated desire to combat alcohol related violence.
However many in the liquor industry feel the extension of the ban places a great amount of responsibility upon bars, pubs and clubs when many real causes and issues surrounding the problem remain unaddressed by government.
‘I feel much of the problem with violence is caused by lack of sufficient late night transport.’ says Trevor Hines, General Manager of the Temperance Hotel, Windsor.
‘People all come out of the venue at the same time and this becomes an issue if they don’t get a tram, train or cab.’
Marco Martinez, bar manager of LALA Land in the Melbourne C.B.D also feels transport is a key to combating alcohol fuelled violence.
‘I believe an extension of the lockout is not the whole answer. I think the government should work on the infrastructure more.’
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