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According to Shadow Racing and Gaming Minister Mick Murray in a statement on 20 February 2012, the Western Australian Government should introduce legislation to regulate alcohol purchases in Broome and the West Kimberley to combat alcohol abuse.
Mr Murray said the banned drinker register, an ID scanning system to monitor takeaway alcohol sales, was introduced in the Northern Territory in July 2011, and point of sale devices were installed in 260 takeaway liquor outlets. A similar system, however, has not been introduced in WA.
'Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron refused to introduce legislation into the Parliament to set up a similar register in Western Australia,' Mr Murray said. Mr Murray also went on to say that Woolworths and Coles' reluctance to sign up to the register made it difficult for local police to curb alcohol-related issues in Broome.
Source: WA ALP branch
Mr Michael (Mick) Philip Murray MLA
76 Forrest St
Collie WA 6225
Ph: (08) 9734 2073
Fax: (08) 9734 1461
Enough is enough
Northern Territory alcohol reform