Daily Telegraph, Opinion, Caroline Marcus: THIS isn’t going to win me any popularity awards among my peers, but the entitlement and self-interest consuming my generation has never been as plain as today.
ABC News: Controversial liquor laws in Sydney’s CBD and those set to be introduced in Queensland next year protect the victims as well as the perpetrators of one-punch killings, a professor says.
21 April, 2016: The latest Kings Cross and Sydney CBD assaults statistics, which show a huge decrease in violence, further highlight why it would be irresponsible to wind back the current alcohol laws, emergency service workers said today.
The statistics released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show a 45.1 per cent decrease in non-domestic assaults in Kings Cross since January 2014, and a 20.3 per cent decrease in the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct.
Last Drinks coalition spokesperson and Secretary of the Health Services Union NSW, Gerard Hayes, said the statistics are overwhelming.
“A 45 per cent decrease in assaults in Kings Cross is simply remarkable,” Mr Hayes said.
“How anyone with a conscience could advocate for the laws to be watered down after seeing these statistics is beyond me.
“It would be completely irresponsible to look at watering down the current alcohol violence laws which have led to this huge decrease in assaults.
“These laws are saving lives – there’s no doubt about that at all.
Mr Hayes said the statistics, while dramatic, don’t come as a real shock to emergency service workers in the area.
“We’ve seen first hand the difference the modest alcohol laws have made to the area. Our police, nurses, doctors and paramedics are being assaulted at work less often and they’re now afforded time to go back to looking after other emergencies.
“Those against the modest restrictions can try to fudge the figures however they like, but the simply fact remains that our streets are now significantly safer than they were prior to the introduction of these modest laws.
“We’ve got to look at the overall picture here – assaults are dropping dramatically as a result of the modest alcohol laws.
“I trust the current review into the alcohol measures is looking at these statistics and clearly recommending the measures that have resulted in the huge decrease in assaults stay as they are.”
The Last Drinks coalition represents NSW emergency service workers and includes doctors, police, nurses and paramedics.
I’m sitting in a run-of-the-mill cafe where I’ve ordered a turmeric-infused, cold-pressed ‘detox tonic’. No, I’m not in Bondi. I’m bang, smack in the middle of Kings Cross. Once called the ‘suburb for junkies‘, The Cross is going on a detox.
The City of Sydney Mayor, Clover Moore’s call for the current alcohol laws in the greater Sydney CBD are to be relaxed is irresponsible, emergency service workers have said today.
9 News, 4 April: Emergency service workers have slammed Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s call for the city’s lockout laws to be relaxed, saying her actions beggar belief.
3 March 2016, Scott Weber, Last Drinks coalition spokesperson, Daily Telegraph: AS someone who campaigned strongly for the introduction of the alcohol restrictions in the greater Sydney region, it may come as a surprise to hear I actually agree with many of the calls from the anti-lockout law campaigners.
Not so long ago booze-soaked brawls were rife in Kings Cross and St Vincent hospital’s emergency department saw the carnage wrought on young people who got caught up in violence and suffered horrific head and other injuries. Two years after modest restrictions to alcohol trading were made law, has Kings Cross turned over a new leaf?
Last Drinks coalition spokesperson and President of the Australian Salaried medical Officers’ Federation (NSW), Dr. Tony Sara, speak with 2GB’s Michael McLaren about the need to maintain the current alcohol-fuelled violence laws.
21 Feb 2016: THEY have been bashed, sworn at and born witness to the bloody aftermath of intoxication in the course of their duty — now they are fighting back.
Amid growing calls for the state government to scrap its controversial lockout laws, a coalition of emergency services workers have banded together to demand the laws not only remain but be expanded.