FARE’s 2016 Federal Election Alcohol Policy Scorecard

Jun 29, 2016

A majority (78 per cent) of Australians think we have a problem with alcohol and believe more needs to be done to address alcohol’s harm.

So where do the major parties stand on alcohol policy measures this election? Click here to find out.

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Media release: Evidence shows, once again, alcohol laws are working

Jun 8, 2016

Statistics released by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics Research (BOSCAR) are unequivocal evidence that the current suite of alcohol measures are working to reduce violence, emergency workers said today.

Last Drinks coalition spokesperson and President of the Police Association of NSW said the recent BOSCAR statistics, reported on today, which shows a huge decreases in assault rates in both the Kings Cross Precinct and the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct is further proof that the NSW Government must leave the current measures in place in the greater Sydney CBD area – and actually extend the successful measures to other areas of the state.

“Report after report backs up what emergency service workers on the ground are saying – there is far less violence on our streets now than there was prior to the alcohol laws being introduced,” Mr Weber said.

“In Kings Cross alone we’ve got a 59.2 per cent decrease between 6pm and 1.30am and a 93.9 per cent decrease between 3am and 6am. Those are staggering statistics and proof that the suite of measures are working.

“You’ve got to look at the whole picture, and the picture tells the very clear story that assault rates haven’t just dropped since the suite of alcohol measures were introduced, they’ve plummeted.

“Those opposed to the alcohol measures will do everything they can to skew the figures, but the facts do not lie – there’s been a huge reduction in assaults. Fewer innocent people are falling victim to alcohol-fuelled violence as a result of this suite of measures.

“We know the critics will try to say that the lock-outs aren’t working, that foot traffic in Kings Cross on Saturday nights and that the measures are harming our nightlife, but nothing could be further from the truth. All the evidence disputes the critics’ claims and backs up the fact that the current suite of measures are working to reduce violence.

“We don’t just want to see the current measures remain in place in areas like Kings Cross, we want to see them rolled out to other areas across the state too. Everyone deserves to know they can go out at night safely, regardless of where they live.”

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

Download the media release here.


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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Sydney-Style Lockout Laws To Go National?

Jun 1, 2016

The strict Sydney-style alcohol laws and pub lockouts could be introduced across the entire country if the powerful group behind some of Australia’s biggest hospitals gets its way.

St Vincent’s Health Australia, which manages the Sydney and Melbourne St Vincent’s hospitals, launched its pre-election calls to the major political parties on Wednesday. The health provider has called on the Coalition, Labor and the Greens to commit to reducing alcohol-related harm by 20 percent within 10 years, with a suite of policy ideas to reach that goal.

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Annual alcohol poll 2016: Attitudes and behaviours

May 18, 2016

Each year the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s (FARE) national alcohol poll provides valuable trend data and insights into community perspectives on alcohol. See the 2016 poll here. 

Sydney lockout: facial trauma cases fall 60% after laws introduced, hospitals say

May 6, 2016

The Guardian, 6 May: Research presented at medical conference shows single-punch attacks related to alcohol have also fallen sharply over the past two years

Selfies spawn a generation of selfish brats

Apr 26, 2016

Daily Telegraph, Opinion, Caroline Marcus: THIS isn’t going to win me any popularity awards among my peers, but the entitlement and self-­interest consuming my generation has never been as plain as today.

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).