Council agrees to ANU liquor Saturday 14th March 1970

The Australian National University Council yesterday approved the sale and purchase of liquor on the campus. The approval will not come into effect until the Vice-Chancellor is satisfied that the union and the halls of residence have adequate staff and facilities, and he has the power to withdraw the liquor authority if he considers that the conditions would warrant such a step.

The secretary of the ANU, Mr R. A. Hohnen, said the sale and purchase of liquor would’ be strictly administered. “The council is aware of the concern in the community”, he said. Colleges at older universities in Australia traditionally have liquor facilities, but the ANU is the first to have official approval.

The union board of management and the governing bodies of Bruce and Garran Halls which will be responsible for administering the liquor facilities, submitted liquor orders to council yesterday. The union will be allowed to sell liquor in the refectory area between noon and 2pm, and from 5pm to 8pm, and also at a designated bar area for some time between 5pm and 10pm yet to be decided.

Bruce and Garran Halls will be allowed to sell liquor in their junior common rooms between 5pm and 8pm. Burton Hall did not submit a liquor order and separate arrangements will have to be made for John XXIII College and Ursula College, if they want liquor facilities, because they are affiliated colleges and not halls of residence.

The council made a statute on the sale and purchase of liquor last year which was authorised by the ACT Liquor Ordinance, and was recently assented to by the Executive Council. Students and some academics at the ANU have proposed the idea of selling liquor on the campus for some years, but some women’s groups and temperance organisations are known to have opposed it.[i]beer

[i] 1970 ‘Council agrees to ANU liquor.’, The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), 14 March, p. 1, viewed 3 June, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article107913716


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