17 Jan 2014

PNG capital considers licences to purchase alcohol

6:16 am on 17 January 2014

Papua New Guinea's National Capital District is considering introducing licences to individuals to purchase or consume alcohol.

The Governor, Powes Parkop, says the idea is part of plans by his administration to clean up Port Moresby and change what he describes as a low standard of lifestyles which has dominated society.

Mr Parkop says he will not ban the sale of alcohol in the capital, but he is contemplating how to further regulate alcohol sales to crack down on drunk and disorderly behaviour.

"We might issue licence to individuals. We give licence to traders to trade but we might require the public to also have a licence to consume or to purchase. If you don't have a licence, then the operator shouldn't sell you any alcohol at all."

Powes Parkop says another initiative being discussed is the possibility of giving police powers to detain drunk and disorderly people.