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.
21 Feb 2016: More than two-thirds of NSW residents support the government’s crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence, including lockouts and 3am last drinks, a Galaxy poll has shown.
Queensland pubs and clubs will have to call last drinks at 2:00am, or 3:00am in party precincts, from July after the State Government’s controversial new liquor laws passed through Parliament in the early hours of Thursday morning.
I’ll declare my interest – I want Sydney to be a safer city. This is my only motivation. I’m not a religious zealot or a prohibitionist. I like a drink. I would like to see a vibrant city but also a safe and attractive one. If this means slightly shorter trading hours for pubs and clubs, so be it.
A surgeon believes reducing licensing hours for nightclubs as proposed in a review by the Queensland Government will guarantee a reduction in alcohol-related violence in the state.
5 Feb, 2016: Emergency workers have slammed claims that Sydney has become an international joke as a result of the our modest alcohol restrictions which have helped slash the number of late night assaults as the real joke.
Last Drinks coalition spokesperson and Secretary of the NSW Health Services Union, Gerard Hayes, said an online essay claiming that the modest alcohol measures have killed off Sydney’s reputation is dangerous and completely misguided.
“The real joke here is the idea that Sydney’s streets are worse off as a result of these vital, modest restrictions,” Mr Hayes said.
“Prior to the introduction of these modest alcohol restrictions, emergency service workers were run off our feet dealing with horrific violent assaults every single weekend. The number of innocent people ending up in our emergency wards, or worse, was out of control.
“New statistics released just this week show that the number of assaults in the Kings Cross area has fallen by 45 per cent. There’s no denying our streets are safer as a result of these important measures.
“Now, we have a city where people feel safe to move around in the evening. The culture has certainly changed and the popular and responsible venues still remain full on the weekends.
“The claims that we’re ruining our city are a simple case of scaremongering by vested interest group in the alcohol industry. Our city isn’t dying; it’s more alive than ever.
“Do we really want a city with an international reputation as a violent and dangerous place? Where innocent young people are losing their lives? I don’t think so.
“Emergency service workers are making fewer calls telling people their loved ones have been injured, or worse, as a result of alcohol-fuelled violence. How anyone can claim that is a bad thing is beyond me.
“We need to see increased protections, not a scaling back of the current ones.”
The Last Drinks coalition represents NSW emergency service workers and includes doctors, police, nurses and paramedics.
Each state and territory of Australia has laws concerning times when alcohol can be sold. As Queensland considers new laws, several policy experiments that have occurred in recent years can provide valuable lessons.