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May 14, 2021

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Can we please have some honesty about the application by Dan Murphy’s to open an outlet in Byron Bay? Firstly allow me to pose the question – what is the difference between allowing a few rich local families to have a monopoly in supplying liquor here compared with an Australian company who at least allows shareholders to ‘share’ in their profits?

But to the point – the Byron Bay Liquor Accord is a joke. It is a voluntary organisation run by self-interested liquor suppliers here whose sense of ‘responsible service of alcohol’ apparently needs no input by our police and results in drunkenness in our streets by their way-too-many nightclubs that run to the early hours of the next morning. It is transparent to any idiot that their objections to Dan Murphy’s coming here – and subsequently allowing locals to buy their supplies at greatly reduced prices – is based on nothing but their selfish concerns at a challenge to their profits from selling alcohol.

If they are really concerned at the abuse of alcohol here they need only shut up shop and go into something they find more morally acceptable. Crying wolf that they are outraged that yet another liquor outlet will open here (apart from their own of course!) should fool no-one. Perhaps they should make sure they actually follow the responsible service of alcohol and realise it is not the retail outlets (who close way before nightclubs open) that are the problem here. It is the nightclubs they own that pander to the drunken backpacker mentality that fills our streets in the wee hours with people so drunk they are incapable of behaving sensibly. I would be happy to have Dan Murphy’s here so I can buy affordable home supplies. I am not happy with the Byron Liquor Accord who think they can ignore even the advice of our police.

Chris Anderson
Byron Bay


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