Lockouts & Mandatory Minimums To Be Introduced To Tackle Drug And Alcohol Violence

Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott has welcomed the tough and comprehensive package to tackle drug and alcohol-fuelled violence.

 “I have been listening to the local community and the message to me has been loud and clear and I’m delighted the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has acted,” Mr Elliott said.

 “The Premier has announced Parliament will be recalled next week in order to implement some of the key legislative measures as quickly as possible.

 “I’m backing this strong package and issue this challenge to Labor to stand up for our community too.”

 This package includes:

  • Eight year mandatory minimum sentence for those convicted under new one punch laws where the offender is intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol, plus new mandatory minimum sentences for violent assaults where intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol;
  • Introduction of 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks across an expanded CBD precinct to include Kings Cross to Darling Harbour, The Rocks to Haymarket and Darlinghurst;
  • New state-wide 10pm closing time for all bottle shops and liquor stores;
  • Increasing the maximum sentence to 25 years for the illegal supply and possession of steroids – up from two years;
  • Increased on-the-spot fines to $1,100 for continued intoxicated and disorderly behaviour disobeying a police move-on order – an increase of more than five times;
  • Community awareness and media campaign to address the culture of binge drinking and the associated drug and alcohol related violence;
  • Free buses running every ten minutes from Kings Cross to the CBD to connect with existing NightRide services on Friday and Saturday nights;
  • Remove voluntary intoxication by drugs or alcohol as a mitigating factor when courts determine sentences;
  • Increasing maximum penalties by two years where drugs and/or alcohol are aggravating factors for violent crimes including assault causing grievous bodily harm, reckless bodily harm, assault against police, affray and sexual assault;
  • Enabling Police to impose an immediate CBD precinct ban of up to 48 hours for trouble-makers;
  • Introduction of a periodic risk-based licencing scheme with higher fees imposed for venues and outlets that have later trading hours, poor compliance histories or are in high risk locations;
  • A precinct-wide freeze on liquor licences for new pubs and clubs will be introduced.

“Like local residents, I have been horrified by the continued drug and alcohol-fuelled attacks on the State’s streets and the increase in violence used in these attacks,” Mr Elliott said.

 “The measures announced today build on our targeted approach to tackling drug and alcohol-fuelled violence since we came to government, including the ‘Three Strikes’ regime, increasing police numbers and powers and improving public transport.

 “The NSW Government is getting on with the job of making our streets safer.

 “The initiatives already implemented have seen a fall in violence on licenced premises, but more improvement is needed and that’s the basis of these measures.

 “A strong consistent message is required that alcohol and drug-fuelled violence will not be tolerated.

 “There are no single or simple cure-alls for these problems. Part of the solution will involve community education and culture change about the dangers of drug and alcohol-fuelled violence.

 “It’s incumbent upon all of us to play our part if we are to stamp out this unacceptable behaviour and change the culture that surrounds it,” Mr Elliott said.