More public say in Qld liquor approvals

Queensland Tourism, Fair Trading and Wine Industry Development Minister Margaret Keech has announced members of the public will have more opportunity to fight applications for liquor licences under proposed laws introduced to Parliament on 11/10/06.

In a statement dated the 11/10/06, Mrs Keech aims to allow the Commercial and Consumer Tribunal to consider new evidence brought forward in the appeals process.

"At present the Liquor Act provides that the Commercial and Consumer Tribunal, in appeals against decisions to grant a licence, can only hear evidence on which the original decision was based," Mrs Keech said.

"The new provision will allow the Tribunal to hear fresh evidence, in circumstances where the party seeking to introduce that evidence did not know or could not reasonably be expected to have known of the evidence on or before the day of the Chief Executive's decision.

Mrs Keech said in circumstances where it is deemed necessary, the Tribunal will be empowered to direct an applicant to make a new application.

"It is envisaged that this will only occur where an applicant or appellant provides fresh evidence at a hearing, and the Tribunal decides the new material is sufficiently significant to require re-consideration by the Chief Executive," she said.

According to Mrs Keech, fresh evidence may also be required where the "Tribunal considers that an applicant has failed in their responsibility to identify the potential impact on all sensitive sites in the locality as part of the Public Interest Assessment process."

12 October, 2006

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