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Question Without Notice No. 577 asked in the Legislative Council on 6 June 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

BANNED DRINKERS REGISTER TRIAL — PILBARA

577. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Racing and Gaming:

I refer to comments made by the minister in the other place stating that he is hopeful that the banned drinkers register will be implemented in the Pilbara before the middle of the year. Given that we are now in June, I ask the following questions.

(1) Does the minister have a date on which we can expect to see the banned drinkers register in operation throughout the Pilbara?

(2) Given comments in the media that the pilot will cost $400 000 and that the government is in talks with a private organisation about assisting with funding, will the minister disclose any organisations that have previously been or are currently engaged in discussion with the government?

(3) Will the minister table a breakdown of the anticipated costs that are included in the $400 000 cost of the pilot program?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Racing and Gaming.

(1) The minister has advised that the implementation of the trial will follow a decision of the Liquor Commission on the Pilbara-wide restrictions, which is made wholly independent of the minister and the government. It is expected that this decision may occur in July this year; however, this will be decided by the commission.

(2) No. Discussions with the private sector are ongoing and confidential. The Liquor Stores Association of Western Australia and the Australian Hotels Association form an integral part of the project team and will continue to be involved in the implementation of the trial.

(3) No. The estimated cost provided was based on the price of scanning machines for each venue included in the trial.