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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2157

Senator DEVITT (TASMANIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Minister, on 8th October 1971, when commenting on recommendations by the Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory for amendments to Australian Capital Territory liquor laws, say that he had also accepted the recommendation for the introduction of taverns or non-residential hotels, with the same trading hours as hotels.

(2)   What action has been taken or is proposed for the implementation of these recommendations.

Senator COTTON-The Minister for the Interior has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   A review of liquor law, policy and administration in the Australian Capital Territory has been completed and action is in hand to prepare a new liquor ordinance which includes the concept oftaverns. The implementation of the proposals contained in the review is a major undertaking and it is not possible at this stage to state when they will be finalised.

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