Melbourne Nightlife Blog

13 March, 2008

Alcohol banned at video stores

Two years after Movie Paradise in Pascoe Vale South won the right to sell alcohol, the State Government has introduced new laws preventing video stores from being given a liquor license without direct ministerial approval. Movie Paradise is currently the only video store in Victoria with a license, which it obtained when the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) overturned a Liquor Licensing decision refusing to license the store in July 2005. The new laws will not be retroactively introduced, and Movie Paradise can continue to sell alcohol.

Consumer Affairs Minister Tony Robinson said research suggested minors exposed to liquor at outlets such as video stores may associate it with family entertainment. The Herald Sun reports he said the new laws would give parents peace of mind.

Let's just hope the kiddies don't see the X-rated adult titles while at the video store - as they might not give parents peace of mind either.

Source: Herald Sun

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