ASMOF is concerned that assaults and deaths may return to Sydney streets if the NSW Government repeals lifesaving laws

26-Oct-2018


The Australian Hotels Associations and ClubsNSW have been leading the campaign to unwind the measures that have successfully reduced alcohol harm, saved lives and created a safer and more vibrant Sydney for all.

Yesterday the Shooters Bill was introduced into Parliament and will be debated on November 15. See the SMH article here: Shooters push for repeal of CBD lock out law - SMH

The facts about alcohol related violence in Sydney.

Alcohol is one of the leading contributors to death and disability across the country and is responsible for more than 37 emergency department presentations, 147 hospitalisations and three deaths every day in NSW (Source: NSW Health Stats Indicator Group: Alcohol)

83% of NSW adults believe more needs to be done to prevent alcohol harm (Source: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). (2017). Annual alcohol poll: attitudes and behaviours. Canberra: FARE) and that governments have an obligation to protect their citizens against agents of harm, including alcohol.

Alcohols normalisation in Australian culture distracts from the enormity of the problem. It is time for the next NSW Government to adopt evidence-based policies to prevent alcohol harm and make NSW safe, vibrant and healthy.

Sydney’s successful laws have dramatically reduced alcohol related assaults - Kings Cross has seen a 59.2% decrease in assaults between 6pm and 1.30am and a staggering 93.9% per cent decrease between 3am and 6am. In Sydney CBD assaults have fallen by 20.2%. (Source: BOCSAR)

Serious injuries resulting from alcohol related violence have been significantly reduced - St Vincent’s Hospital saw a 24.8% reduction of seriously injured patients during high alcohol period and the number of patients admitted with serious head injuries was reduced by 50% between 8pm and 8am. (Source: Medical Journal of Australia)

Sexual assaults have been halved due to the Sydney’s successful alcohol lawsIncidences of indecent and sexual assault in Kings Cross, the primary victims being women, have both reduced by almost 50%. (Source: BOCSAR)

The successful alcohol laws have made the rest of Sydney safer - 40 additional police officers brought in from other areas every Saturday night to deal with Kings Cross drunken violence have been freed up to undertake important policing work in their own communities. (Source: PANSW)

There is strong public support for early closing hours - 82% of Australians believe pubs, clubs and bars should close at 3am or earlier. (Source: FARE)

Sydney’s nightlife is strong and growingthe number of venues in Sydney grew by 1.8% to 4,872 and overall sales increased by 6.3%. Employment in the night time economy had also grown by 8.7% and turnover had increased by 6.5%. (Source: Council of Capital City Lord Mayors)

Last Drinks Coalition – who we are

The Last Drinks Coalition consist of four major organisations representing emergency service workers in NSW. These encompass the Police Association of NSW, Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation of NSW, the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association and the Health Services Union (NSW, QLD and ACT).

The Last Drinks Coalition seeks to tackle the issue of alcohol-fuelled violence head-on, by campaigning for the implementation and maintenance of effective laws that have proven to reduce assault and save lives.