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ADA Member Regular Update


In QLD, the Government is considering the Liquor (Artisan Liquor) Amendment Bill 2020

The purpose of the Bill is to
  • create a new liquor licence category for legitimate craft brewers and artisanal distillers (i.e. commercial other – artisan producer licence)
  • expand the existing promotional event permit framework
  • provide additional authorisations for eligible producer/wholesaler licensees
  • encourage the transition of existing licensees to the new artisan producer licence category.

I was able to assist the QLD division of the ADA to prepare a submission for the Legal affairs and Safety Committee who were considering the Bill and then assisted the QLD President, David Ridden, from Granddad Jack’s and Rick Prosser, from Kalki Moon in their preparations to appear before the committee. You can see their appearance before the committee by clicking on the link below.
I recommend all committee members take the time to read the transcript where both David and Rick captured the essence of craft distilling and the reason why the industry has so much to offer if Government regulations let us thrive and prosper. You can read the transcript by clicking here.
you can view the Bill here
I spent some time with David Pearse, from 5nines distilling and George Georgiadis from Never Never distilling to assist in the preparations for a their Blueprint to drive SA as the Spirit State. Whilst, similar to the above issue with QLD, the locals branch will drive the agenda, I was able to provide strategic advice and practical assistance to assist them with the capabilities to increase the likelihood of success.
I met with the advisers from the Minister for Tourism in NSW to campaign for a Craft Distillers Strategy as a stand alone policy of NSW Government to recognise the unique opportunities craft distillers play within the NSW tourism and hospitality sector. We are using the NSW Government Craft Beer strategy as a template for a policy for the distilling industry in NSW.
While I hoped to attend the magnificently successful Ginuary Festival in Hobart, COVID restrictions prevented me from attending. With sanctions being lifted, I hope to meet some of the TSA members next month.

For the first time, Australian Distillers Association prepared a pre-budget submission with Spirits and Cocktails Australia who together, represent over 90% of spirits producers involved in the manufacture, marketing and sale of spirits throughout Australia,
for this years forthcoming Federal Budget. The comprehensive document calls on the Australian Government to increase the current excise refund scheme limit from $100,000 to $350,000 and to cut the spirits excise rate to the brandy excise rate or freeze the spirits excise indexation for three years so Australian distillers can maintain and create employment and supply chain opportunities in regional and rural Australia.
We will be hosting a briefing session on Monday 1 February at 4.00 by zoom to explain the submission, the economics behind it and how we plan to advocate for fair and sustainable tax reform. Thank you to those that have already registered an interest. I have had more than 30 members register an interest. As a result, I will send a broadcast to all members on Monday with the link to be able to jump on line at 4.00 AEDT Monday where you will be able to ask questions and participate in the dialogue.
On Wednesday 3 February 2021 will be the launch of Parliamentary Friends of Australian Spirits. This event will be held in Parliament House Canberra. We have over 80 Members of Parliament and Senators who are keen to understand how the Australian Spirits Industry has developed, grown, evolved and is a key driver in creating jobs from the Farm to the Glass. We have more than 25 Distillers products represented from every State and ACT. Hopefully next event we will have one from the NT as well!
I will provide members with photos and a summary of how we are able to campaign for a Fair Go when it comes to our operations and product growth in Australia. The Distilled Spirits Industry is somewhat like the wine Industry of 30 years ago and we are on the cusp of a new age of Australian Distilled Spirits. We have more than 25 meetings with Members of Parliament and Minister to be held during next week where you will be represented by distillers who are coming to Canberra and myself along with supporters within the industry.
Thank you to those members who have completed the survey that will be part of the campaign for fair and sustainable tax reform. The survey has now closed and I will provide an update soon about what the survey was able to tell us. Particular thanks to those members who agreed to participate in the in depth interviews. The combination of qualitative and quantitive data provides us with a persuasive argument for policy makers. I will be reaching out to some members over the next couple of weeks to assist us with Case studies. So, if you do get a message from me, please respond and help where you can.
Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the webinar on Monday.

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