Andrews government waves through late-night CBD bar for 1000 drinkers

  • A massive beer and wine complex metres from Victoria’s Parliament House that will have space for almost 1000 patrons has been granted an exemption to a freeze on late-night liquor licences by Consumer Affairs Minister Marlene Kairouz.
  • The company has convinced the Andrews government to grant an exemption to a freeze on issuing late-night liquor licences, put in place after a spate of bashings and deaths from one-punch hits outside bars and nightclubs in 2008.
  • Ms Kairouz had said extending the freeze would control the density of liquor licences and related anti-social behaviour in major entertainment precincts.
  • At the same time as extending the laws, Ms Kairouz removed the requirement for councils to support liquor licence applications seeking an exemption.

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