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Liquor, Gambling & Lotteries
Media releases
30 November 2015

South Australian parents are being reminded about the severe dangers of swallowing button batteries after it was confirmed the first known Australian child has died due to accidental ingestion.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, George Kamencak, said while button batteries are small and appear harmless, they contain dangerous chemicals and can cause serious injury and even death.

Former Supreme Court Justice, the Honourable Timothy Anderson QC, has been appointed to conduct an independent review of South Australia's liquor licensing framework.

Attorney General John Rau said former Justice Anderson had a strong history in the area of licensing and his experience would be valuable to the review process.

"Mr Anderson served as judge in the Licensing Court in 1983, has sat on the Land and Valuation Division of the Supreme Court of South Australia and served as a member on the Board of the Drug and Alcohol Services Council," he said.

"In 2003, Mr Anderson was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia and retired in 2014."

The Liquor Licensing Discussion Paper was released in September, with a view to the creation of a safer drinking culture, reducing red tape and enhancing vibrancy.

Mr Rau said it is expected the review process would be completed around the middle of next year.

"The Hon. Tim Anderson will review submissions received in response to the Liquor Licensing Discussion Paper" he said.

"Consultation on the Discussion Paper is open until 29 January 2016 and I encourage members of the public to have their say on how we can best meet the needs of today's community," he said.

"Once all submissions have been received and considered, Mr Anderson may wish to then undertake more targeted consultation with industry and other interested parties."

For more information and to download the Liquor Licensing Discussion Paper, please visit the AGO website.