MP pans full strength grog ban call

Pilbara News - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

Calls for Pil­bara-wide re­stric­tions on the sale of full-strength booze have been crit­i­cised by the re­gion’s State mem­ber.

It has been re­vealed that new WA Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Chris Daw­son has writ­ten, through his del­e­gate, to the Direc­tor of Liquor Li­cens­ing re­quest­ing tougher re­stric­tions.

A WA Po­lice spokesman said the move was part of an ef­fort to limit the sup­ply of al­co­hol in at-risk com­mu­ni­ties. It is sep­a­rate from a move ear­lier this year to in­crease re­stric­tions in the Hed­land area un­der sec­tion 64 of the Liquor Con­trol Act which have yet to be de­cided upon.

But Mem­ber for Pil­bara Kevin Michel said he was dis­ap­pointed to hear of the ap­pli­ca­tion be­ing sub­mit­ted with­out any com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion be­ing un­der­taken.

“I do un­der­stand the is­sue needs to be ad­dressed, but we need to make peo­ple re­spon­si­ble,” he said.

“Those who are abus­ing al­co­hol, they need a ban. If some­one gets a drink-driv­ing fine, are you go­ing to ban ev­ery­one from drink­ing,” he said.

“No, you have to be fair to the rest of com­mu­nity.

“This will im­pact a lot on busi­ness, and it will in­flame ten­sions.”

Mr Michel said a sen­si­ble so­lu­tion needed to be found in con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers.

A WA Po­lice spokes­woman said the re­quest to im­pose con­di­tions on the Pil­bara re­lated to the “con­sump­tion and avail­abil­ity of pack­aged liquor”. She said po­lice at times made a rec­om­men­da­tion to the Direc­tor of Liquor Li­cens­ing to limit the sup­ply of al­co­hol into at-risk com­mu­ni­ties.

The rec­om­men­da­tion comes af­ter Mr Daw­son vis­ited the re­gion, fol­low­ing a re­quest from Premier Mark McGowan to meet with peo­ple in Roe­bourne.

It was re­vealed ear­lier this year that po­lice had charged 36 peo­ple in the area with more than 300 of­fences against 184 chil­dren.

I do un­der­stand the is­sue needs to be ad­dressed, but we need to make peo­ple re­spon­si­ble. Those who are abus­ing al­co­hol, they need a ban. Kevin Michel

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