Red Tape Committee approves booze sales in supermarkets, shops and servos

Alcohol could soon be sold in Australian petrol stations, corner shops and supermarkets.



By Ben Hagemann and Lucy Marrett 
Convenience stores, petrol stations and supermarkets should be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages, according to a Senate inquiry report into the effects of red tape on alcohol sales.Tabled in parliament yesterday at 5:45pm, the interim report recommended that the Australian Government and COAG (Council of Australian Governments) should allow “packaged alcohol to be sold in convenience stores, petrol stations and supermarkets”, and “support the sale and supply of alcohol through consideration and implementation of evidence-based policies that aim to reduce red tape and promote job creation, and business growth and investment.”

The report was originally scheduled for tabling on 14 March 2017.

The Red Tape Committee was established in October 2016, and as part of its inquiry, has looked at the effect of red tape on the economy and community while focusing on a number of factors, including the assessment and reduction of red tape legislation in relation to the sale of alcohol.


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This story first appeared in C&I Week. 

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