Jul 31, 2017

AMA prescribes lockout laws in Darwin

CRAIG DUNLOP, NT News

THE Territory branch of Australia’s doctors’ union is pushing for late-night lockout laws on Darwin’s Mitchell St, arguing similar laws have cut violence in Sydney’s Kings Cross.

In a submission to the government’s alcohol review, Australian Medical Association NT president Associate Professor Rob Parker said violence on Mitchell St resulted in a “similar pattern of damage” to the pre-lockout laws of Kings Cross.

Opponents of the laws – recently relaxed in New South Wales – say they have simply moved drunken violence away from traditional nightspots and have forced the closure of dozens of once-popular venues.

The AMA’s proposal, if accepted by the alcohol review, would clash with current government policy.

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