Police want a freeze on northern rivers liquor licences

Jul 17, 2012

NSW police have sent their strongest message yet that the level of alcohol-related assaults the force and community experience is unacceptable. Police Association of NSW president Scott Weber said in a statement, ‘It would be irresponsible to grant new licences in the [northern rivers] region until the results of the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing’s research into the relationship between liquor licence density and alcohol-related harms are made public.


Cross tragedy brings drinking controls closer

Jul 16, 2012

It is a brave state government that defies the demands of the emergency services. Only last month we saw an outpouring of rage from the state’s firefighters over the O’Farrell government’s changes to workers compensation arrangements. It culminated in a noisy rally outside Parliament House during which a fire hose was trained on the building.

Time to call time on boozy violence

Jul 12, 2012

In just the last few days across NSW we’ve seen an innocent teenager killed, a police officer glassed in the face and a 26-year-old glassed in Canley Vale – all at the hands of our what we can only assume were tanked-up thugs.
Read more of Scott Weber’s opinion piece from the Daily Telegraph here

Cross marks spot where violence is all too common

Jul 11, 2012

When Thomas Kelly was fatally attacked in Kings Cross at the weekend, he was in one of the city’s most dangerous locations on the most dangerous night of the week. A map showing all assaults outside private homes within 500 metres of Kings Cross railway station last year illustrates that the area in Victoria Street and Darlinghurst Road is in the centre of a hot spot.

Liquor licence freeze extended

Jun 21, 2012

A freeze on new liquor licences in Kings Cross, Darlinghurst and the southern central business district will be extended for six months while a study into the impact of the clustering of licensed venues is completed.

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.