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Opt-out clause in grog trial

Date posted: 22 August 2016

Non-drinkers in the Shire of Wyndham in the East Kimberley (SWEK) of Western Australia (WA) can now ban themselves from buying alcohol to stop people pressuring them to buy booze.

Kununurra Wyndham Liquor Accord Chairman, Brad Rawson, said the opt-out process was linked to the 12-month trial of the Takeaway Alcohol Management System (TAMS), which had resulted in some people 'being humbugged' to buy alcohol for other people.

Under the system, every person wanting to purchase takeaway alcohol at liquor stores in Kununurra and Wyndham must produce photo identification, regardless of their age, and not exceed a daily limit.

Mr Rawson said people could fill out an exclusion form, which would be updated on to TAMS.

'When their ID is scanned, it will come up with, ‘cannot buy alcohol’,' he said.

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley said the card was the result of community feedback.

'Some people would prefer to be excluded from the system as they do not drink, and/or do not want to be humbugged to purchase alcohol on behalf of others, SWEK said.

Those registered can opt-in at any time and self-exclusion forms are available at Kununurra and Wyndham police stations or the Shire website.

Source: The Kimberley Echo

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