WA behind on licensed outlets

Western Australians can feel justified in their belief that WA has the short end of the stick when it comes to licensed outlets. According to research from BIS Shrapnel, supplied by Sandro Mangosi, WA has just 1.7 licensed outlets per 1000 people, which is below the national average of 2.3/1000 people. The state has over 3300 licensed outlets, including retail and on-premise outlets, such as restaurants and hotels. WA’s reputation for parochialism is also reflected in wine preferences, with 65% of survey respondents in our state preferring WA wines, compared with just 37% in NSW preferring local wine. Then again, this could be due to the vastly superior quality of product we enjoy in the west. WA accounts for 7% of total Australian liquor consumption, which is roughly its share of the total population.

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