‘Last-drink’ laws, not lockouts, reduce alcohol-fuelled violence

Jan 18, 2016

Each state and territory of Australia has laws concerning times when alcohol can be sold. As Queensland considers new laws, several policy experiments that have occurred in recent years can provide valuable lessons.

Lockout laws are here to stay, says Mike Baird

Jan 11, 2016

BOTTLE shops across the state will be forced to continue closing at 10pm, with Premier Mike Baird adamant the ­restriction will not be removed following a two-year review of NSW’s mandatory lockout laws next month.

Queensland lockout laws: One-punch death proof they must stay

Jan 8, 2016

ALCOHOL-fuelled violence at the weekend which ended in tragedy shows why it was vital the State Government’s lockout laws should not be watered down, according to Acting Health Minister Anthony Lynham.

Binge drinking vs drinking every day: which is more damaging to your health?

Dec 15, 2015

ABC Online: Hang around an inner-city emergency department on a Friday night and you will see the damage binge drinking can cause. Bloody knuckles, broken noses, black eyes and worse — fractured limbs and fractured lives.

Sydney Rapid Transit Network to cut direct city service for commuters west of Bankstown

Nov 24, 2015

Alcohol is sending hundreds of thousands of people to emergency departments each year, far outranking the scourge of ice, research on Australian and New Zealand hospitals has found.

RESEARCH: Alcohol Harm in Emergency Departments (AHED) Program

Nov 4, 2015

The AHED program conducts research into the extent and impact of alcohol harm in our EDs, is trialling initiatives to monitor and reduce alcohol and other drug harms, and advocates for alcohol policy reform. 

Key must not turn on alcohol lockout laws

Sep 15, 2015

OPINION, TOBY HALL: Two years ago, on any Friday or Saturday night, the emergency department at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney would be awash with victims of alcohol-related bashings and accidents. It was a war zone.

Now, 18 months after the suite of measures known as Sydney’s “lockout laws” dramatically changed things for the better, an array of special interest groups are working to have them watered down or struck from the books.


Mapping the impact of the Sydney lockout laws on assault

Aug 24, 2015

It has been well publicised that in February 2014 the NSW Government introduced legislation to try and curb alcohol related violence in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross areas (see OLGR fact sheet). The intervention included lockouts and earlier closing times for licensed premises in the target precincts. In April 2015 the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) released an evaluation of the intervention which found that since February 2014 (up to September 2014) there had been significant decreases in non-domestic assaults in the Sydney CBD entertainment precinct (down 26%) and the Kings Cross precinct (down 32%) (Menéndez, 2015).

Media Release: A doubling in the number of Newcastle’s licensed premises confirms success of the “Newcastle Conditions”

Aug 5, 2015

4 August 2015: Recent figures provided by Newcastle Police show that the total number of licenced premises in inner Newcastle have more than doubled (110%) since the modest enforceable reduction in late trading hours across the whole precinct was introduction in March 2008 (see table below).

Fears of alcohol-fuelled violence fear are fading

Aug 5, 2015

HONEYSUCKLE is the most popular, Hamilton can be dangerous.

Newcastle West lacks identity and the perception of other late-night Newcastle precincts may not match the reality.

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