MP pans full strength grog ban call
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