Pubs and RSLs to return to trading after midnight
MORE pubs, as well as RSLs and suburban community clubs, may be able to apply to trade past midnight with the moratorium on trading hours due to be lifted at the end of the month.
The Legal Affairs and Community Safety parliamentary committee has approved the Safe Night Out legislation and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said he envisioned an end to the moratorium, which was put in place by the Labor government in September 2009.
It means that more licensees will be soon be able to apply to trade past midnight.
"Once the moratorium lifts, they will then apply for new licences under the normal provisions, as you would expect with any liquor licences," Mr Bleijie said.
"...Part of the government's strategy for the safe night out was of course listening and consultation, so the new strategy will be in place by the time the moratorium ends, and then any trader that wants to trade past midnight will go through the normal licensing provision as applied at the time and I suspect traders will re-apply for those extended trading hours, if they so wish, but it will be guided under the new laws."
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