Second Reading

Resumed from 14 June.

HON AARON STONEHOUSE (South Metropolitan) [7.39 pm]: I am happy to resume my comments on the Liquor Control Amendment Bill 2018. The explanatory memorandum sets out the intent of the bill with three points —

  • facilitate a more tourism-friendly hospitality culture;
  • implement strategies to reduce harm; and
  • remove regulatory burden and improve the administration of the Act.

[Speeches and comments from various members]

Hon ALISON XAMON: I raised a question around this during the second reading debate. I am keen to make sure that I get on the record, to assist for future interpretation, what I hope is the correct interpretation. Clause 8(3) relates to the inspection of documents. Currently, a party can inspect documents to which the licensing authority has regard and make submissions on those documents. Proposed section 16(11)(b)(ii) states that the licensing authority must ensure that each party to proceedings is given a reasonable opportunity to inspect any documents that are relevant to the party’s case. I understand that the intention is to ensure that information that should be kept confidential—the minister gave the example of personal details that are not relevant to the case—is not disclosed. However, I would like to get on the record, please, that the intention is definitely not to restrict a party from having the usual access to relevant documents relied on by the other party, and that the party will have the usual opportunity to raise any concerns about the other party’s case. Is that interpretation correct?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN: That is correct.

[Speeches and comments from various members]

Progress reported and leave granted to sit again, pursuant to standing orders.


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