The Chair of the Bundaberg Distilling Co., Kylie McPherson, has sent an open letter to all four of Queensland’s major political parties, ahead of this weekend’s state election, asking for fairness in liquor laws.

McPherson’s letter asks which leaders will stand up and support a Queensland icon, adding that despite being an economically important Queensland brand, Queensland liquor laws unfairly target Bundaberg Rum products.

“Last week we wrote an open letter to the ALP, LNP, PHON and KAP asking each of them to commit to fixing Queensland’s liquor laws and to treat all forms of alcohol equally,” McPherson said.

“Under our liquor laws after midnight Queenslanders can go into a pub or bar and buy a large glass of wine or a pint of beer that could contain as much as 2.5 standard drinks, but can’t buy a can of Bundaberg Rum OP & Cola, 1.9 standard drinks.

“It makes no sense that a consumer can buy some drinks after midnight which have more standard drinks, but others with less standard drinks are banned.

“Bundaberg Rum support strong, fair and equal liquor laws. A more common sense approach will support Bundy and the wider hospitality industry, particularly as the state moves into the year of hosting the Commonwealth Games.

“It’s time to stand up for what’s fair. It’s time for our leaders to stick up for a Queenslander,” McPherson said.

McPherson added that Bundaberg Rum hoped to get some favourable responses to its request as campaigning continues in the region in the lead‐up to Saturday’s election.

Read here: Open Letter from Bundaberg Rum

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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