Sydney’s lockout laws call ‘irresponsible’

Apr 4, 2016

9 News, 4 April: Emergency service workers have slammed Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s call for the city’s lockout laws to be relaxed, saying her actions beggar belief.


Cop the facts: Lockout laws save lives

Mar 3, 2016

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.

Crime and Kings Cross: Police News

Feb 22, 2016

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?

Commander of Kings Cross LAC Superintendent Michael Fitzgerald talks to the Police Association of NSW’s publication, Police News. 

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Dr Tony Sara speaks with 2GB about need to maintain alcohol laws

Feb 22, 2016

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.

Emergency services want lockout laws to be rolled out across the state

Feb 21, 2016

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.

Lockouts: Poll shows two-thirds of NSW residents want laws to stay

Feb 21, 2016

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 Parliament passes controversial lockout laws, says state will be ‘safer’

Feb 18, 2016

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.

The silent majority backs Sydney’s lockout laws

Feb 17, 2016

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.

Proposed early lockout laws the solution to alcohol-fuelled violence in Queensland, surgeon says

Feb 9, 2016

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.

Media release: Emergency workers praise alcohol restrictions as assaults plummet

Feb 5, 2016

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.