Pub continues glass fight

THE Central Hotel will take the fight against its “high risk” tag to the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR), after a court yesterday ruled a state government notice of a glass ban was valid.

The Central was among 14 pubs and clubs which had argued in the Supreme Court they had not been given adequate reasoning as to why the “high risk” tag had been applied to them.

The government ban would mean clubs would be forced to replace all their glasses and bottles with plastic or tempered glass by next month.

Supreme Court judge Peter Applegarth yesterday ruled the government notices were valid.

Central Hotel manager Timothy Noonan said their next step would be to show cause by putting a submission into OLGR.

He said the Central Hotel already had safety concerns covered through use of tempered glass throughout the day and by switching to plastic after 11pm.

“We already do everything right. We have twice as much security as our licence requires,” Mr Noonan said.

At the ruling yesterday, the government argued introducing plastic cups would reduce injuries considering a rise in alcohol-related violence.

The pubs and clubs argued they had not been given enough reasoning for the “high risk” tag so they could properly respond.

The court heard the tag could cost the licensees money in lost patrons and higher insurance, while changing from glass would cost an establishment between $15,000 and $30,000.

The decision coincides with national discussion over the topic of alcohol and violence.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd this week called for confronting advertising campaigns to warn young Australians about excessive drinking, adequate resourcing for police and a rethink on the concentration of liquor licences in CBD areas.

Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson also this week called for a nationwide discussion about lowering the drink-driving limit.

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