Is any single one of Barry O’Farrell’s proposed new laws that are meant to curb alcohol-fueled violence evidence-based? Or is it all based on good old “common sense” knee-jerking?
I’m no fan of booze culture, but it strikes me that most of these measures are going to be more about making people living in expensive newly-gentrified real estate near CBD/KingsX “party zones” happier about less noise etc on their streets than actually about the safety of most of the drinkers.
- Eight-year minimum sentencing for alcohol or drug-fuelled assaults ending in death.
- Serious assault maximum penalty increased by two years, with mandatory minimum sentences.
- On the spot fines for disorderly behaviour increased from $200 to $1100.
- Police have powers to immediately ban ‘troublemakers’ from CBD/Kings Cross.
- Penalty for possession of steroids increased from two to 25 years.
- CBD/Kings Cross venues to have 1:30am lockouts with drinks stopping at 3:00am.
- Bottle shops across NSW to close at 10:00pm.
- ‘Periodic’ risk-based licensing for venues across NSW.
- No new liquor licences for new venues in the CBD/Kings Cross precinct.
- A media campaign to educate the community.
- Increased public transport to move people from Kings Cross at the weekend.
I would expect some of these measures to work for the CBD/KingsX areas, sure. But will they just be shifting the violence elsewhere rather than actually solving the problem?
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