Street violence rhetoric widens

Jun 5, 2012

The blame-shifting over Byron’s late-night alcohol-fuelled brawling and assaults now includes state politicans and the Australian Medical Association. The issue went state-wide after Channel Ten aired footage last week of late-night fights on Jonson Street.

Street wars

Jun 1, 2012

A Current Affair spends a night with NSW paramedics, looking at the effect alcohol-related violence is having on emergency services.

Watch the video here

Police slam small bar idea – Newcastle Herald

May 30, 2012

Emergency service workers have slammed reports that creating a ‘‘small bar’’ culture in Newcastle will drive down alcohol-related assaults and antisocial behaviour. Police Association of NSW President Scott Weber said history shows that creating clusters of smaller licensed venues will lead to an increase in alcohol-related crime.

Alcohol puts 10 a day into Hunter hospitals – Newcastle Herald

May 21, 2012

Hunter residents are drinking themselves into oblivion, with a huge surge in the number of people admitted to hospital each year for alcohol-related injury or sickness.

People before profit in the grog industry – Newcastle Herald

May 16, 2012

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione was in the news this week linking takeaway alcohol to high rates of domestic violence in NSW. He was prompted by a NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research which found that while alcohol-related violence was decreasing, the rates of alcohol- related domestic violence remained virtually unchanged and disappointingly high.

Dan Murphy’s fight linked to top cop’s bottle shop call – South Coast Register

May 16, 2012

AN application to build a Dan Murphy’s outlet in East Nowra might have contributed to Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione’s call for tougher regulations on sales of takeaway alcohol, according to Shoalhaven Mayor Paul Green.

Police backed in singling out bottle shops – SMH

May 15, 2012

A prominent alcohol researcher has backed calls by the NSW Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, to examine the role of bottle shop sales in areas with stubbornly high rates of domestic violence.

Police chief pushes for bottle shop clampdown – SMH

May 14, 2012

THE Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, has questioned the lack of regulation of purchases from bottle shops and linked the easy availability of take-away alcohol to stubbornly high rates of domestic violence.

What young don’t need: another bottle shop – SMH

May 14, 2012

WHILE the Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione’s high level alcohol policy working group sets its sights on bottle shops, in one NSW suburb the residents say they already know the answer: stop building them.

Waverley rises up alcohol offences list – Wentworth Courier

May 10, 2012

AS the number of liquor licences in Waverley grows, so too do the number of liquor offences. NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures for 2011 rank the area 18 out of 141 regions for the number of liquor offences.