RAJ REPORT

GREENS In NSW oppose LOCKOUTS———-Greens propose effective alternatives to O’Farrell’s alcohol measures————-The so-called “Newcastle solution”[10] refers to the decision in March 2008 by the New South Wales judiciary to restrict pub closing times to 3 a.m., and later 3.30 a.m., in the central business district (CBD) of Newcastle. A University of Newcastle study[11] of the impacts of the lockouts indicated that the restriction in pub closing times to 3/3.30 a.m. in Newcastle produced a reduction in assault incidence of 37%. However, the report also states that in the first two quarters after the lockouts took effect, assaults increased in the control area relative to the preceding two quarters. It is also important to note that this study was restricted to non-domestic violence incidents that were reported to or detected by police.

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Newcastle:

The so-called “Newcastle solution”[10] refers to the decision in March 2008 by the New South Wales judiciary to restrict pub closing times to 3 a.m., and later 3.30 a.m., in the central business district (CBD) of Newcastle.

A University of Newcastle study[11] of the impacts of the lockouts indicated that the restriction in pub closing times to 3/3.30 a.m. in Newcastle produced a reduction in assault incidence of 37%.

However, the report also states that in the first two quarters after the lockouts took effect, assaults increased in the control area relative to the preceding two quarters.

It is also important to note that this study was restricted to non-domestic violence incidents that were reported to or detected by police.

Impacts on the levels of domestic violence in the Newcastle area, for example, are not known.

A recent report in the Newcastle Herald also cast doubt on the causal link between the reduction in alcohol related violence and the licencing restrictions.

The report, using Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research found that for the period from September 2008 to September 2013 crime fell in:

¨       Newcastle by almost 30 per cent

¨       Penrith by 56.16 per cent

¨       Wollongong by 30.97 per cent

¨       Sutherland Shire  by 47.7 per cent

¨       Gosford by 28.8 per cent

Four other precincts reported reductions in violent crime by the same or larger amounts without resorting to lockouts and last drinks.

It is thus difficult to assert that these measures were solely responsible for the supposed success of the Newcastle solutions.

 

 

 

 

Greens propose effective alternatives to O’Farrell’s alcohol measures.

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