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service areas, delivering savings in energy, waste and water and maximising production. Taylors Wines new winery expansion was offi cially opened at the winery in Clare Valley in August 2009 by the SA Premier, the Hon. Mike Rann. In the June/July issue of industry magazine Drinks Trade, the offi cial audit fi gures from the Circulations Audit Bureau were published, taking the circulation up to 20,417 making the magazine the highest circulating liquor industry publication in the country. The August/September issue, marked the magazine’s twelfth edition (rounding off two years), celebrating with a fi fth colour on the cover and the launch of the Drinks Trade supplements, the fi rst of which was a 16 page overview of ‘The World of Beer’. On 17 August, Costco Wholesale opened its fi rst retail outlet in Australia at Waterfront City, Docklands, Victoria, with people queueing to enter and with 900 through the doors in the fi rst half hour. The 14,400 square 76 | drinks yearbook metre outlet was expected to be the fi rst of several to open around the country. Able to sell liquor in the Victorian store, Costco is considered a competitor to liquor retail chains. This store carries 3600 product lines in total and employs 230 staff. Costco is the fourth-largest retailer in the US and eighthlargest in the world, and turned over $US71 billion ($84.17 billion) last fi nancial year. Policy and legislation The AHA in June briefed staff from the Treasury about hotel industry policy positions related to the Henry Tax Review, notably tax on alcohol. In early June, with the increase on RTD tax still running, despite it being overthrown in Parliament in March, approximately 50 workers at Independent Distillers Australia in Laverton Victoria staged a protest outside Deputy Prime Minister and Labor MP Julia Gillard’s offi ce against the “punitive” RTD tax they said was costing them their jobs. Independent Distillers claimed that the excise increase could mean the end of the company. The group chanted slogans including ‘save our jobs’ and placards labeling Gillard as the Minster of ‘Unemployment’ but the deputy prime minister was on an aeroplane at the time of the protest. In a statement the company said: “Independent Distillers recognises that action is required to tackle binge drinking in Australia. But imposing a punitive tax on one form of alcoholic drink will not stop young people bingedrinking and is simply encouraging them to buy different alcoholic products.” In July, The Fair Work Act replaced the Workplace Relations Act 1996, and it included the National Retail Award Modernisation, which came into effect on


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