Since 2015, the newly elected Premier has been calling for a fresh approach to liquor licensing in Western Australia.
Some of the proposed changes that the Labour Government are looking to implement are:
The current Minister for Racing Gaming and Liquor, Mr Paul Papalia has said:
"We’re working on how we refine the laws and regulations to ensure there is reform but we don’t undermine controls over liquor outlets like bottle shops because there is a proliferation of those and we need to deal with that."1
While it is still early days since the election, no bill amending the legislation has yet been presented in Parliament and it remains to be seen what will actually happen. It appears that the McGowan Labour Government plans to reform some aspects of the licensing system.
As Mark McGowan stated:
"If we want a more vibrant culture in our city and communities, we need to move away from this one-size-fits-all approach to liquor licensing."2