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Court Decision is Victory for road safety and responsible service says AHA



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A U S T R A L I A N H O T E L S A S S O C I A T I O N

24 Brisbane Avenue Barton ACT 2600 · PO Box 4286 Manuka ACT 2603 · Australia email: theaha@ ozemail.com.au · Facsimile: (02) 6273 4011 · Telephone (02) 6273 4007

Richard J Mulcahy National Executive Director

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Court Decision Is Victory For Road Safetyana Responsible Service Says AHA

The Australian Hotels Association today welcomed the Liquor Licensing Court of Western Australia's decision to reject Gull Liquor Stop Gingers' Road House application to sell alcohol on road safety and public interest reasons.

The AHA today stated that the court decision is a victory for road safey and the ongoing promotion of responible service of alcohol.

"Alcohol is currently a product of choice for adults and should only be available in specialised outlets with tight controls," Mr Richard Mulcahy, National Executive Director of the Australian Hotels Association said today.

"The introduction of alcohol at service stations would encourage impulse purchase and would be a significant step backwards in the industries efforts to promote responsible and planned alcohol consumption.

"Hotels throughout Australia have embraced responsible service training for staff members who are well educated on issues surrounding alcohol sale and consumption.

"Liquor licensing has become more liberalised in Australia over the past few years and it is essential that alcohol sale restrictions continue to ensure the effective control of the industry.

"It is common knowledge that people planning on driving should not engage in high alcohol consumption and the court ruling is welcome news for the community at large.

"Hotel owners, operators and staff are specifically trained to deal with patron care and are well equipped to effectively handle the various issues associated with the sale of alcohol.

"Australia's hotel industry has worked tirelessly to promote responsible service and has embraced drink driving campaigns to minimise the risks associated with the effects of mixing alcohol and road transport.

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