By James Atkinson

South Australian liquor retailers have welcomed a government decision not to proceed with laws to allow the sale of wine in the state's supermarkets.

SA's Deputy Premier John Rau this week announced that after several months of consultation, the government had decided that the intentions of the original proposal were not able to be delivered.

"When this proposal was first raised with me by independent grocers, it seemed to me that it could benefit both the independent grocers and smaller South Australian wineries," he said.

"After considering all submissions and seeking legal advice, I am now of the view that we can not achieve the desired outcome without hurting independent bottleshops, our local wine industry, and helping Coles and Woolworths."

Liquor Stores Association SA executive director Tim Moore told TheShout it was an excellent result for his members, who had lobbied hard against the proposal.

"All liquor stores in South Australia should be very relieved and thankful, it was a job well done by all of them," he said.

The Shout Team

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