SA: More than 250 barred from pubs & clubs

SA Consumer Affairs Minister Gail Gago, announced that more than 250 people have been barred from South Australian licensed venues in the first four months of new barring laws implemented under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997.

Ms Gago said Police have made good use of the tough new powers initiated by the State Government from 1st March 2009.

"Three people have been indefinitely barred from South Australia's pubs, six for up to six months and on another 100 occasions people have been kicked out for up to three months," Ms Gago said.

Offensive and disorderly behaviour has prompted 104 of the barring orders while 133 arose from the commission of an offence and 6 were imposed on other reasonable grounds. Another eight were on welfare grounds.

People breaching a barring order can incur a fine of $1,250.

Police have the power to bar people from licensed venues in a particular area or all venues of a particular type for a specified period. This can be for reasons based on criminal intelligence, welfare of the person or their family being seriously at risk, offences or offensive, disorderly behaviour in or around licensed premises.

23 July, 2009

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