Franklyn: Omissions in new Liquor Act
Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn questioned the urgency to pass new legislation replacing the 1957 Liquor Licensing Act.
He claims the Liquor License Bill 2021 debated in the Senate o Wednesday, omits critical aspects of the original legislation and will only encourage more people to get involved in alcohol.
He is particularly opposed to the license it may give people to sell alcohol any and everywhere without the checks and balances imposed by the previous legislation.
He voiced his objection to the “irreverent” practice of alcohol being sold outside funeral services and said the draft legislation should have been circulated for public scrutiny and comment before it was brought to the House and the Senate.
Franklyn said he did not understand why Government felt it was necessary to bring the legislation to the Senate at this time. (GC)