Tough penalty for hotel flouting trading laws

The Temora Hotel in NSW’s Riverina region has had its trading licence suspended for an eye-watering 28 days, after the NSW government found the venue had a “long history of poor practice and serial breaches.”

The suspension comes in the wake of laws that came into effect last December, which mean venues found to serve alcohol to underaged patrons can have their licences suspended for up to 28 days.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice Troy Grant said the NSW Government has zero tolerance for licensees supplying alcohol to minors.

“Selling alcohol to minors is illegal – there are no exceptions,” Mr Grant said.

“Over the past eight years the hotel in question has racked up 11 breaches including four incidents of selling to minors.

“Licensed premises must ask for ID – if they show disregard for the rules and serve minors we will throw the book at them.

It’s good to see the NSW government sending a clear message that chasing a profit by harming underage patrons is unacceptable and will be punished.

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