Emergency services workers call for lifesaving laws to be maintained



After intensive lobbying by the alcohol, hotel and club industries (viz the Australian Hotels Associations and ClubsNSW), the NSW Government is considering rolling back the successful alcohol laws which have seen a significant decrease in alcohol fuelled violence in inner Sydney.

As a key member of the Last Drinks Campaign (http://lastdrinks.org.au/) ASMOF opposes any attempt to further water down the moderate reforms that were introduced in 2014 and which have led to a significant reduction in the number of alcohol-related serious injury and trauma presentations to emergency departments in inner Sydney.

The Last Drinks Coalition (consisting of ASMOF, the Health Services Union, the NSW Police Association, and the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association) calls on all members of the NSW Parliament to oppose any changes that will lead to an increase in alcohol related violence when they vote on a new Bill in NSW Parliament next week. The full media release can be read below.


Emergency services workers are urging all members of the NSW Parliament to maintain the successful alcohol laws which are keeping Sydney safe when they vote on a new Bill in NSW Parliament next week. 

If successful, the Bill to be introduced by the Shooters, Farmers and Fishers Party will directly cause a resurgence of violence on Sydney’s streets. 

Last Drinks campaign spokesperson Dr Tony Sara said “The efforts to repeal Sydney’s successful alcohol laws are complete madness and will return alcohol related violence, injuries and deaths to our streets.”

“Any politician who chooses to support this Bill is also choosing to destroy the very laws which are keeping Sydney safe. It’s that simple.

“These modest alcohol restrictions have spared thousands of young people from serious and fatal injuries.”

Since 2014 Sydney’s modest alcohol laws have delivered massive reductions and alcohol related assaults and spared thousands of young people from serious injury.

In 2016 Kings Cross saw a 59.2 per cent decrease in assaults between 6pm and 1.30am and a staggering 93.9 per cent decrease between 3am and 6am. 

St Vincent’s Hospital has seen a 10% reduction in the incidence of alcohol-related orbital (eye socket) fractures between 2014-2016.

A report, commissioned by the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors and cited in The Guardian also highlights that Sydney’s nightlife is flourishing, as it found that the number of Sydney venues had increased, turnover had grown and employment had been boosted. 

Dr Sara said the report found that last year the 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%. 

“The facts are clear; Sydney’s nightlife is flourishing and alcohol related violence is down. There is absolutely no case to weaken or water down our successful alcohol laws.” Dr Sara said.

Media Contact: Amelia Brock, 0430 187 161