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May 12, 2021

Byron’s liquid problem

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It is just so freaking obvious – the problem in Byron Bay at night is ALCOHOL.

CCTV cameras are just a new way to get ringside at the Friday Night Fights.

In fact, wouldn’t it be fun if we could have live webcams like the surf cams on Coastalwatch? I wonder if the fights could be sponsored by Canadian Club – the drink of the A League? Maybe we could even get some online betting. If the action isn’t great enough, then betting and advertising could sponsor cheaper grog.

Or, we could assume that Byron residents are tired of the obvious and would prefer to have the aggro stop rather than just be recorded. Do we need bars open to 4am? Really? Is it not more in our interest to see drink sales stop at midnight? Wow, that will cost four or five people a lot of money, better not say that. Yeah okay, the violence would stop, but what about all that money!

In the meantime, if the police want to calm things down they should leave the sniffer dog at home because they are trying to arrest the most peaceful people on the street. It is ironic that the drug that makes people fight, rape and vandalise is legal while the one that makes people giggle, eat junk food and dance like silly buggers is illegal.

Yep, it is just obvious, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Another victory for Big Brother. Get it in yah!

Mark Oliver, Ewingsdale


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  1. Hear hear. Yep the booze peddlers sure contribute negatively to the awfulness of our society while pot smokers growers and dealers are treated like criminals. Go fgure what can you expect6 from a nation of alchohol damged idiots?

  2. Careful what you say… letting common sense dictate rational decisions is decidedly un-Australian, beurocratically speaking, and likely only to result in being branded a trouble-making mis-fit. As a nation founded upon rum as money, big brother would not have it any other way… and since hemp can be grown by even the poorest of swaggies, and personal distilleries are illegal, it’s all about control of the wealth, where those with it want more, and the only way the figures stack up is by preventing those without from having more than enough to feel the need to get pissed every weekend to forget how bad they’ve got it. It’s beautifully engineered catch-22 at its finest.


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