Perth's Liquor Licensing

Perth’s liquor licensing laws have always been controversial – some see them as too lax, others too restrictive.

The growing number of small bars and restaurants that can serve drinks without a meal have been credited with increasing Perth’s vibrancy, appeal and sophistication.

On the other hand, there are calls for tighter restrictions on the sale of alcohol because of health concerns and violent behaviour.

So how can Perth balance the public health goals with the needs of the consumer and the hospitality and tourism industries? Can legislation be used to encourage responsible drinking? Or do we need marketing and education campaigns similar to the anti-smoking campaigns?

This Perth in Focus luncheon will look at the range of complex liquor licensing issues facing Perth.

Please join us to hear keynote speaker, Jill Stark, Health Editor at The Age and author of ‘High Sobriety’ talk about her year without alcohol, our drinking culture and the reaction of friends and colleagues about her decision.

A panel discussion will follow with Jill Stark, the Chair of the Independent Panel into the Liquor Licensing Review and a business partner in a popular Northbridge bar/member of the Business Improvement Group of Northbridge.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Jill Stark

Senior Writer with The Sunday Age

Jill Stark is a senior writer with The Sunday Age. In 2008, she won the National Drug and Alcohol Award for excellence in media reporting with her ‘Alcohol Timebomb’ series, which investigated Australia’s binge drinking problem. Her first bookHigh Sobriety: My Year Without Booze was shortlisted for a Walkley Award.

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John Atkins

Chair of the Liquor Control Act Independent Review Committee

John Atkins is a professional company director and has had a career as a corporate lawyer spanning more than 25 years including Head of Office, Freehills, in Perth and Melbourne.

Mr Atkins is a founding Director of Committee for Perth and was previously the Chairman, Western Australia, of ANZ Bank. He is a non-executive director of a number of listed and unlisted entities, including Lotterywest (Chairman), Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia, BWP Ltd, Australian Finance Group Ltd and Minotaur Exploration Ltd.

In 2013 he chaired the committee which conducted an Independent Review of the Liqour Control Act 1988.

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Ben Rasheed

Business Partner in a group of hospitality businesses including in Northbridge

Marlin Group is the co-owner and operator of Mustang Bar, Universal Bar, Ravenswood Hotel, The Left Bank and the soon to open Northbridge Brewing Company. Ben has been involved in the acquisition and redevelopment of undervalued hospitality businesses and value adding through business improvement strategies and modification of liquor licence conditions. Ben spends considerable time on regulatory matters and is actively supportive of the simplification of the licensing regime.

He is the Perth Central Division President of the Australian Hotels Association and a member of the licensees subcommittee of the Business Improvement Group of Northbridge.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.