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Restricted bar trading key to curb violence: reformer

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Peter Jean

ACT authorities should look to the Hunter Valley for solutions if they are serious about achieving big reductions in alcohol-fuelled violence, according to one of the architects of liquor regulatory reform in Newcastle.

Tony Brown will address a pre-election forum to be hosted by the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association today.

Mr Brown, a former Canberra resident, lobbied for measures in Newcastle that helped reduce alcohol-related violence by 37 per cent.

He said restricting late-trading by pubs was the key to Newcastle's success and he hoped Canberra would trial similar measures.

''We're not advocating woswerism or nanny states. Everybody should be able to go out and enjoy themselves safely and responsibly,'' he said.

''Canberra's in a great position to show national leadership by adopting the Newcastle conditions as a trial which is independently evaluated after 12 months.

''It has to be a multi-disciplinary approach that involves health people, as well as the police, as well as industry.''

The forum will be attended by Chief Minister and Health Minister Katy Gallagher, Liberals health spokesman Jeremy Hanson and ACT Greens health spokeswoman Amanda Bresnan. 

4 comments

  • We had that back in the 90's when Paul Osborne had all Civic nightclubs closing at 2am. That worked as well as a chocolate teapot; far too many people fighting over nowhere near enough taxis.

    Commenter
    farnarkler
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    September 11, 2012, 8:22AM
    • I have never understood why anyone would want to drink alcohol at 4am. We have a major problem in our society when a huge number of young people believe you can't have a good time without getting smashed. Facebook pages are littered with comments such as I must have had a great time last night because I can't remember it. They equate how drunk they get with how much of a good night they've had. Inebriated people are incredibly vulnerable. We need to educate and legislate. Make pubs and clubs legally responsible for anything that happens to their customers and they might display more responsibility. Civic is not a nice place to be late on the weekends.

      Commenter
      Larry Holmes
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 11, 2012, 10:20AM
      • Larry you mustn't have lived here during the late 80's. There's always been a crowd who wanted to stay out until dawn. Back then though there didn't seem to be as much violence as there is now. My theory is that, since the dress code has gone downhill, so has people's behaviour. Rascals and Bobby McGees would never have let a tshirt clad person in and they were all the better for it. These days you can walk in the casino in shorts and a tshirt.

        Commenter
        farnarkler
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        September 11, 2012, 5:57PM
    • Maybe if we had tougher sentences for violence (& judges with balls) it would help!

      Commenter
      Deutsch
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 11, 2012, 12:17PM
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