By Andy Young

The interim report from the inquiry looking into the effect of red tape on the sale, supply and taxation of alcohol is expected to be tabled in Parliament this week.

The inquiry’s committee is chaired by Senator David Leyonhjelm who will deliver a statement to the media in Sydney on 31 March 2017.

Looking specifically at the effect of red tape on the sale, supply and taxation of alcohol, the Red Tape Committee heard from a number of industry representatives including the Australian Hotels Association, NSW Small Bar Association and the Distilled Spirits Industry Council Australia (DSICA). Diageo Australia, Coca-Cola Amatil and the Australian Grape and Wine Authority also addressed the committee.

The Inquiry has heard that as many as 16 different tax classifications are applied to alcohol in Australia, 10 or more licences may be required, and bars and hotels may soon need to employ lawyers as bar staff to keep up with the dozens of statutes. 

This inquiry forms part of the Senate’s overall Red Tape Committee, which was established in October last year to investigate the effect of restrictions and prohibitions on business (red tape) on the economy and community.

TheShout will attend Senator Leyonhjelm's meeting later this week.

The Shout Team

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