The supermarket with no beer: A review of liquor licensing in Queensland

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McNamara, Noeleen. 2018. "The supermarket with no beer: A review of liquor licensing in Queensland." James Cook University Law Review. 24, pp. 115-127.
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The supermarket with no beer: A review of liquor licensing in Queensland

ERA Journal ID33457
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorMcNamara, Noeleen
Journal TitleJames Cook University Law Review
Journal Citation24, pp. 115-127
Number of Pages13
Year2018
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1321-1072
Web Address (URL)https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=372590598095554;res=IELAPA
Abstract

Queensland is one of the few states in Australia where takeaway liquor cannot be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores, despite calls for reforn from various sectors (including the tourism industry) over the years. This paper discusses the history of liquor regulation in Queensland, together with major reviews of the sale of takeaway liquor to understand why this position seems immutable. It can be argued that the restrictions on purchasing liquor is beneficial to the health of Queenslanders, and is a case of the 'government acting in the best interests of the public’. However, Queenslanders already have the second highest consumption of alcohol per capita in Australia. The regulation of takeaway liquor in a range of other jurisdictions will also be reviewed to give some perspective to the Queensland legislation.

Keywordsliquor licensing; Queensland liquor laws; takeaway liquor; legal history
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480699. Private law and civil obligations not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Law and Justice
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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