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Beer can't be used as money: Minister

1 February 2016

PERTH’S online “beer economy” is illegal, the State Government has warned.

The Perth Beer Economy page on Facebook, which has more than 56,000 members, encourages people to swap goods and services for beer.

Popular items being swapped for slabs include cars, boats, white goods, furniture, smartphones and other electronic gadgets.

This week a member in Rockingham wanted to swap the bonnet of his Ford Falcon for four cartons of Corona beer.

But Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said people participating in beer economy transactions were breaking the law in WA.

A Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor spokesperson said: “The definition of ‘sell’ in the Liquor Control Act 1988 includes ‘barter or exchange’ and supplying liquor ‘in circumstances in which the supplier derives, or would be likely to derive, a direct or indirect pecuniary benefit’.

Therefore exchanging liquor for goods or services such as ‘beer economy transactions’ constitutes selling liquor without a licence.

“In order to prosecute, the licensing authority, in conjunction with WA Police, would need to identify the person supplying the liquor, confirm the transaction has taken place and track that person down.”

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