On 7 February 2018, the Hon Natasha Fyles introduced to NT House of Assembly, two new Bills which aim to re-establish the NT Liquor Commission, and also make related amendments to the Liquor Act  (the Act).
The newly-introduced Bills are:
Both Bills have now passed the House of Assembly 8 February 2018.
Speaking about the Bills in a Media Release, Ms Fyles said:
Ms Fyles went on to say that Territorians deserve safe communities and the Territory Government is developing strong laws to deliver that:
In April 2017, members of an Independent Expert Advisory Panel chaired by the former NT Justice Trevor Riley (who retired in 2016), were announced along with the Terms of Reference under which they would conduct the Review.
The Review undertook wide public consultation on all aspects of the current alcohol policies and legislation together with the [Liquor] Act, with the objective of the review to provide recommendations to Government on evidence based best practice alcohol harm prevention and management initiatives.
Major recommendations of the Riley Review included:
The final version of the Review was released in October 2017.
Under the proposed Liquor Commission Bill, the Liquor Commission will:
A new Public Interest and Community Impact Test is contained in the Liquor Amendment (Licensing) Bill and it is also proposed to formalises the moratorium on new takeaway liquor licences currently included in the Liquor Regulations .
Commenting further on the impact of the new Legislation, Ms Fyles said:
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