The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education has released its national framework for the prevention of alcohol-related family violence. The framework outlines the policies and programs Australian governments can implement which will have a tangible impact on the rates of family violence in Australia.
29 May, 2015: The list of the state’s most violent licensed venues released today again highlights that the new alcohol measures are working, but need to be rolled out to other communities battling alcohol-fuelled violence, emergency service workers said.
The list, which features only venues with 12 or more reported incidents in 12 months, shows there has been a 39 per cent fall in the number of violent incidents at venues on the government’s list in the wake of the introduction of the alcohol laws.
However it also shows that the issue of alcohol-fuelled violence is not restriction to the greater Sydney CBD where the measures are in place. The list includes venues in areas such as Coffs Harbour, Terrigal Hotel, Neutral Bay, Parramatta, Miranda, Ballina, Campbelltown and Broken Hill.
Last Drinks coalition spokesperson and Health Services Union Secretary Gerard Hayes said that while it’s heartening to see the number of violent venues on the list dropping, too many innocent people are still falling victim to alcohol-fuelled violence.
“This is yet more proof the current modest alcohol restrictions are working and need to remain in place,” Mr Hayes said.
“But it’s also a sign that we need to be looking at introducing the protections to other communities around the state.
“The simple fact is that too many lives are still being shattered at the hands of alcohol-fuelled violence.
“The State Government has a responsibility to act to introduce measures that reduce alcohol-fuelled violence in any community that needs it.
“The measures have been hugely successful in the greater Sydney CBD, but that doesn’t mean we can pretend the problem has been solved.
“There is sound evidence pointing to the fact that reducing trading hours, restricting the sale of high alcohol-content drinks and introducing lock-outs significantly reduces the number of alcohol-related assaults. Other communities deserve the benefits that Newcastle and the greater CBD has witnessed.
“Our doctors, nurses, paramedics and police in communities right across the state see the cost of alcohol-related violence first hand every single day. We know how critical it is that something is done to protect people across the state, and so does the community.”
The Last Drinks coalition represents NSW emergency service workers and includes doctors, police, nurses and paramedics.
The number of young people drinking to get drunk rose to nearly 60 per cent in the past year, while 73 per cent had preloaded on cheaper drinks at home before going out, according to a comprehensive survey of Australian’s drinking habits.
THE introduction of Newcastle-style liquor laws to Sydney’s city centre late-night venues has lead to a ‘‘dramatic’’ and ‘‘spectacular’’ reduction in assaults by as much as 40 per cent, a new analysis shows.
The result is comparable to the drop in assaults in Newcastle after similar changes to liquor laws made in the city in 2008, Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research director Don Weatherburn said.
The change was ‘‘one of the most dramatic effects I’ve seen in my time of policy interventions to reduce crime’’ and both precincts ‘‘are now much safer than they were,” Dr Weatherburn said.
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.