Media release: All evidence shows current alcohol laws are saving lives

Jun 2, 2016

The Last Drinks coalition supports an evidence-based approach to dealing with the scourge of alcohol-fuelled violence, and all of the evidence points to the fact that the current measures in place in the greater Sydney area are working.

Last Drinks coalition spokesperson and President of the Police Association of NSW, Scott Weber, said that since the current suite of measures were introduced in the greater Sydney area, we’ve seen a 45 per cent decrease in late night assaults in the Kings Cross area.

“You can’t argue with the facts. Since the current suite of measures were introduced we’ve seen a huge decrease in the number of innocent people falling victim to alcohol-fuelled violence,” Mr Weber said.

“The Last Drinks coalition has always supported an evidence-based approach to dealing with alcohol-fuelled violence and all the available evidence shows, without a shadow of a doubt, that the current suite of measures is working.

“Since a suite of measures were introduced in Newcastle in 2008, there’s been a huge decrease in alcohol-fuelled violence and now we’re seeing that success mirrored in Sydney.

“Emergency service workers have certainly noticed the significant safety improvements we’ve enjoyed since alcohol measures were introduced in the greater Sydney CBD area. We’re confident the current review of the alcohol laws in Sydney will look at all the evidence and ensure that the successful measures remain in place.”

The Last Drinks coalition represents NSW emergency service workers and includes doctors, police, nurses and paramedics.

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Media Release: Latest stats prove alcohol laws are working

Apr 21, 2016

21 April, 2016: The latest Kings Cross and Sydney CBD assaults statistics, which show a huge decrease in violence, further highlight why it would be irresponsible to wind back the current alcohol laws, emergency service workers said today.

The statistics released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show a 45.1 per cent decrease in non-domestic assaults in Kings Cross since January 2014, and a 20.3 per cent decrease in the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct.

Last Drinks coalition spokesperson and Secretary of the Health Services Union NSW, Gerard Hayes, said the statistics are overwhelming.

“A 45 per cent decrease in assaults in Kings Cross is simply remarkable,” Mr Hayes said.

“How anyone with a conscience could advocate for the laws to be watered down after seeing these statistics is beyond me.

“It would be completely irresponsible to look at watering down the current alcohol violence laws which have led to this huge decrease in assaults.

“These laws are saving lives – there’s no doubt about that at all.

Mr Hayes said the statistics, while dramatic, don’t come as a real shock to emergency service workers in the area.

“We’ve seen first hand the difference the modest alcohol laws have made to the area. Our police, nurses, doctors and paramedics are being assaulted at work less often and they’re now afforded time to go back to looking after other emergencies.

“Those against the modest restrictions can try to fudge the figures however they like, but the simply fact remains that our streets are now significantly safer than they were prior to the introduction of these modest laws.

“We’ve got to look at the overall picture here – assaults are dropping dramatically as a result of the modest alcohol laws.

“I trust the current review into the alcohol measures is looking at these statistics and clearly recommending the measures that have resulted in the huge decrease in assaults stay as they are.”

The Last Drinks coalition represents NSW emergency service workers and includes doctors, police, nurses and paramedics.

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