- On November 28, 2019
AMA (NSW) President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim says the NSW Government’s decision to lift lock out laws in Sydney’s CBD and Oxford Street is deeply disappointing.
“These measures have been extremely effective in reducing alcohol-related violence,” he says.
“The decision to scrap them sends a signal to the community that having a so-called vibrant nightlife means more alcohol and more violence.
“Just days ago, we heard news of a teenager being knocked unconscious from behind in a cowardly ‘one-punch’ attack.
“While these random acts of violence have been greatly reduced since the implementation of the lock out laws, they have not disappeared from our streets completely.
“Scrapping the lock out laws will potentially increase the likelihood of these attacks,” Dr Lim says.
“We are equally discouraged by the Government’s decision to extend bottle shop opening hours.
“The evidence shows a direct correlation between extended trading hours, accessibility of alcohol and an increase in alcohol-related assaults and other injuries.
“We are particularly concerned about the increased risk of family violence.
“It absolutely beggars belief that the Government would dismantle measures that have proven to be successful, and risk increasing harms related to alcohol consumption.
“NSW will have a lot to answer for should we witness an increase in alcohol-related harms following the end of the lock out laws,” Dr Lim says.
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