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drinks yearbook | 123 container deposit of 10c. The inquiry report recommended the bill not be passed, but that the Environment Protection and Heritage Council should advance analysis of container deposit schemes. The ‘Liquor Amendment (Temporary Licence Freeze)’ was approved in September in order to freeze expansion of pubs, clubs and liquor stores in Sydney’s Kings Cross, Darlinghurst and the CBD, following a large number of alcohol-related episodes of violence and anti-social behaviour which happened in proximity of alcohol licensed premises. Clover Moore, Mayor of Sydney urged the Sydney Liquor Taskforce to use the freeze to develop long-term action on the problems. Among other things, she suggested an adequate latenight transportation system and a diversification of the drinking culture. On 10 November, a landmark decision was reached in the High Court of Australia when it was ruled that the Tandara Motor Inn in Tasmania was not legally responsible for failing to stop a drunk patron from driving home on his motorbike. Shane Scott died after crashing his motorbike on the way home from the pub, more than five times over the legal blood alcohol limit. The court ruled that neither the proprietor nor the licensee had a duty to refuse Mr Scott his keys. He had given the hotelier his keys earlier in the evening. A statement released from the AHA’s national chief executive officer, Bill Healey, read: “Today’s High Court decision relating to a motor accident in Tasmania in 2002, which resulted in the death of a patron who had been drinking at a licensed premises beforehand, does nothing to diminish the sadness and distress affecting all those involved in the tragic event. However, it further underlines the message that the AHA and many other stakeholders continue to push that Australians should never drink and drive. People who drink alcohol should either catch public transport or arrange for someone who isn’t consuming alcohol to drive them home. As well, the High Court ruling reinforces the need for individuals to take responsibility for their own actions. The High Court has reaffirmed previous decisions in this area, however it will not dissuade hotels from continuing to work diligently to meet their liquor licensing obligations, including responsible service of alcohol.”


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