Last drinks laws protect victims, perpetrators of one-punch killings, expert says

Apr 22, 2016

ABC News: Controversial liquor laws in Sydney’s CBD and those set to be introduced in Queensland next year protect the victims as well as the perpetrators of one-punch killings, a professor says.

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.

Alcohol related violence​ in Sydney

Apr 20, 2016

On the 24th of February 2014 the NSW Government imposed new restrictions (contained in the Liquor Amendment Act, 2014).A forthcoming BOCSAR report examines the monthly count of non-domestic assaults recorded by the NSW Police since January 2009 to June 2015: a total of 78 months (62 months prior to lockout intervention and 16 months post the lockout intervention).

The new, fit face of King’s Cross

Apr 19, 2016

I’m sitting in a run-of-the-mill cafe where I’ve ordered a turmeric-infused, cold-pressed ‘detox tonic’. No, I’m not in Bondi. I’m bang, smack in the middle of Kings Cross. Once called the ‘suburb for junkies‘, The Cross is going on a detox.

MEDIA RELEASE: Mayor’s alcohol calls irresponsible: emergency service workers

Apr 4, 2016

The City of Sydney Mayor, Clover Moore’s call for the current alcohol laws in the greater Sydney CBD are to be relaxed is irresponsible, emergency service workers have said today.

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. 

Click here to read the article.

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.

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