NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione is “ecstatic” about the “stunning” drop in violent assaults near Sydney pubs and clubs, just over a year since the state government’s lockout laws came into effect.
Media Release, 16 April 2015: Crime statistics released today confirming a huge decline in non-domestic violence in the greater Sydney CBD area prove the Government’s alcohol restrictions are working and should now be rolled out in alcohol-violence hotspots around the state.
OPINION: Today we will receive the first official word on whether Sydney’s lockout laws have been a success.
The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) will release its review of the state’s liquor licensing restrictions – collectively known as the “lockout laws” – a suite of reforms introduced by the O’Farrell government in February 2014 to combat an epidemic of alcohol-fuelled violence and harm.
A recent article from The Conversation shows that the so-called ‘last drinks’ laws in Sydney’s Kings Cross have been remarkably successful in reducing both violence and property-related crime. The article’s author, Associate Professor Peter Miller demonstrates that early pub closing times work for Kings Cross/Central Sydney and they will for Queensland too.
Opinion: Queensland should embrace lockout and early closure laws to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence
IT GIVES me great encouragement to hear of the State Government’s plans to introduce 1am lockout laws and 3am last drinks across Queensland.
Because as the Director of Trauma at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney – which has as its catchment zone the CBD, Kings Cross and Oxford St, an area with the greatest concentration of licensed premises in Australia – I know first-hand how such laws save lives.
A huge decrease in assaults shows the success of the alcohol restrictions are having in the greater Sydney CBD, and highlight the need for the measures to be rolled out elsewhere in the state.
At a NSW/ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance event last week, the NSW ALP committed $1.2 million of funding over four years for a dedicated FASD Clinic at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
ICE addiction will send the state crime rate soaring, increasing offences such as break-and-enter and mail theft to fund users’ habits, the NSW Police Association said.
Two thirds of New South Wales (NSW) residents support the measures introduced last summer to curb alcohol-fuelled violence and, just weeks out from the 2015 State Election, voters are now calling on party leaders to outline their plans to address alcohol harms.
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