Governor-General Quentin Bryce: Set to attend the funeral of victim Daniel Christie. Photo: Luis Enrique Ascui Photo: Dominic Lorrimer
Governor-General Quentin Bryce will attend the funeral of victim Daniel Christie ''as an expression of the community's revulsion'' of violence on Sydney's streets.
Sources close to the Governor-General have told Fairfax Media Ms Bryce made the extraordinary decision after she spoke with Daniel's parents Maureen and Michael this week, following his death on Saturday after a punch to the head.
The revelation comes as Premier Barry O'Farrell returns to work
after a 10-day holiday, during which the government's response to the issue of alcohol-fuelled violence has been a subject of furious community debate.
Mr O'Farrell is being called on to announce more measures to address the issue, including strengthening penalties for such attacks and implementing earlier closing times and lockouts for licensed venues in violence hotspots.
Ms Bryce's decision is likely to put further pressure for action on the state government and Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has weighed into the debate.
Mr Abbott decried the ''insidious'' violent culture sweeping Sydney, saying police and the courts should throw the book at offenders, describing the ''rise of the disturbed individual''.
However campaigners have argued the PM should ''accept responsibility'' for the federal government's role in combating alcohol-fuelled violence in areas such as pricing.
Daniel was allegedly struck with a punch in Kings Cross on New Year's Eve, in the same stretch of road where 18-year-old Thomas Kelly was fatally punched in July 2012.
The 18-year-old's funeral will take place at 10am on Friday at the Hillsong Auditorium in Baulkham Hills.