Bill will help out coun­try pub­lic bars

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - RURAL CRIME -

❝pubs Ru­ral are more than a place to have a beer... — Lach­lan Mil­lar

MEM­BER for Gregory Lach­lan Mil­lar is thrilled com­mon-sense and fair­ness has won out, as re­ports of the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee re­port on small pubs li­cences rec­om­mends the gov­ern­ment pass the Bill.

Mr Mil­lar, who has been cham­pi­oning the Bill since the last Par­lia­ment, is happy that the Bill will fi­nally be put to Par­lia­ment for a vote.

“I was dis­gusted to learn that pubs through­out ru­ral Queens­land were pay­ing the same level of fees as pubs in the cen­tre of Bris­bane,” Mr Mil­lar said.

“Ru­ral pubs are more than a place to have a beer – they are the com­mu­nity meet­ing place, the lo­cal restau­rant, the first des­ti­na­tion for tourists and a vi­tal part of any lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“It’s ul­ti­mately about fair­ness – the Yaraka Ho­tel or the Union Ho­tel in Black­all doesn’t have any­where near the same pa­tron­age as the Break­fast Creek Ho­tel in Bris­bane or the Cri­te­rion Ho­tel in Rock­hamp­ton.

“But yet, these pubs are all pay­ing the same li­cence fees.

“I’m proud to an­nounce that the Le­gal Af­fairs and Com­mu­nity Safety Com­mit­tee has been ex­am­in­ing the Liquor (Ru­ral Ho­tels Con­ces­sion) Amend­ment Bill, and they have rec­om­mended to the Par­lia­ment to pass it. This is a win for all ru­ral Queens­lan­ders.”

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