A coalition of groups representing NSW emergency services has called for drastic restrictions on Sydney’s nightlife.
The Last Drinks campaign consists of the Australian Medical Association (NSW), the Police Association of NSW, the NSW Nurses’ Association and the Health Services Union.
It is lobbying the NSW Government and Opposition for a 1am lock-out on all venues, the maintenance of restricted opening hours statewide for another year, and a ban on shots, mixed drinks with more than 30mls of spirit, and ready-mixed drinks with more than 5 percent alcohol after 10pm.
Wines and beers containing more than 5 percent alcohol would not be affected by the ban.
Police Association vice president and campaign spokesman Scott Weber denied the proposed measures punished law-abiding drinkers.
“Ensuring people can go out and have a good night out without getting bashed shouldn’t be viewed as punishment,” he told Sydney Star Observer.
“What we are talking about today is a small reduction in the opening hours of our hotels, pubs and clubs. These moderate measures will bring about a significant reduction in alcohol-related crime and violence.”
Last Drinks’ own report states that 90 percent of people threatened by an intoxicated person do not report the incident to police, with 72 percent failing to report an incident even after abuse turns physical.
However, Weber said a push to encourage the public to identify intoxicated perpetrators of crime to police so they could be prosecuted would be “putting the cart before the horse”.
“We certainly need to encourage more people to come forward if they have been the victim of alcohol-related crime or violence,” Weber said.
“But … we need to prevent these incidents from happening in the first place”.

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