The punch of the runners the offensive

And the police is given the power to stop and search vehicles suspected of being involved in the practice in the Outback.

While the new laws are aimed mainly to protect the inhabitants of the isolated communities, where alcohol causes significant social problems, that also applies to the metropolitan area of dry areas.

The maximum penalty for a first offence is a $ 20,000 fine and $40,000 for a second or subsequent offense.

The attorney-General, John Rau will be on Wednesday, amendments to the Summary Offences (Liquor Offences) Act which creates several offences.

New offenses plug a loophole in existing legislation that the police can’t stop the alcohol being transported in a community.

Sly grog runners that take alcohol in the dry areas will face heavy penalties under new laws the State Government is going to introduce.

The illegal sale of alcohol in remote communities where it is prohibited, remains a significant problem. The police says that the anecdotal evidence suggests that the punch of the brokers to sell the alcohol for about double the sale price.

“It is very clear that the illegal sale and supply of alcohol to dry communities can have a devastating impact,” Mr Rau said. “The excessive consumption of alcohol does not just harm to an individual, but can flow out to their families and the community in general, that is why these measures are so important.”

Under the new laws, it will be illegal to possess or transport alcohol for the purpose of selling illegally — with a reverse onus of proof for people found in possession of a certain amount of alcohol.

The Attorney-General, John Rau

Ceduna mayor Allan Suter

It will also be illegal to supply alcohol or to possess or transport alcohol with the intention of providing a dry community, sell alcohol to a person who might be reasonably believed that it is a seller without a license, which she sells alcohol without a license.

Ceduna mayor Allan Suter welcomed the laws, saying that the problem was “a major problem” for local communities in the extreme west of the coast of the state.

“This is good news and will be very much supported by the leaders of these communities,” he said. “As it was, the police could find someone with a ridiculous amount of alcohol in your vehicle and head to a community and that they could not do anything about it.”

The police figures reveal between 1 December 2012 and 6 April 2017, there were 14 arrests for offences related to the existing Liquor License of the Law. Three related to the sale of liquor to the vulnerable communities. Of the three arrests, two were withdrawn.

The Australian Human Rights Commission says Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 33 times more likely to be assaulted through the alcohol-fuelled violence than non-indigenous women.

Originally published as ‘Sly grog’ runners face big penalties