Statement from the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath
Published Saturday, 18 March, 2017 at 03:53 PM
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath
The State Government passed new legislation in the last sitting of parliament to tackle alcohol fuelled violence.
I’m advised that no new applications for extended trading hours on State of Origin nights have been denied as a result of these laws.
There is no unilateral decision to automatically deny extended trading hours during State of Origin events.
The Caxton Hotel is yet to make an application for an extended trading permit on State of Origin night under the new legislation.
I understand they may have been given informal feedback from a staff member at OLGR. I recommend the Caxton makes a formal application for extended trading so that it is properly considered by the Commissioner.
Of course all Queenslanders love State of Origin. It doesn’t get much better than watching our boys crush the blues.
As a result of our new laws, all venues were informed that existing permits for extended trading were retracted. They were invited to reapply under the new criteria.
All venues were given advance notice this would happen and told how to re-apply under the new legislation.
Several venues have already successfully applied for extended trading under our new laws – for St Patricks Day, for example.
It is the role of the Office of Liquor and Gaming to consider all applications made under the new criteria.
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