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Hans Lovejoy’s article on the Dan Murphy’s ‘super grog shop’ is a classic example of how to confuse the issues when supposedly reporting events to the community.

For starters let’s look at how other countries such as France (regarded as a socialist-left society and therefore a place where our left-leaning denizens would be comfortable).

The French buy their alcoholic beverages in the same stores that they buy food and the like. Your beer and wine etc are merely products on the store shelf, just like anything else. Even more strikingly, when pulling into the petrol station in rural areas to purchase your baguette you can also buy beer and wine!

Do the French have alcohol-misuse or underage binge-drinking problems? Yes, they do actually, but no worse than here and probably less.

Where is the logic that substantiates the view that two liquor outlets are worse than one and three are even worse? If people are going to abuse alcohol they will do so no matter how many outlets there are.

So ‘15 year old Haley put it into context. Haley is often approached by spruikers from local bars and backpackers offering to buy her drinks.’

This has absolutely nothing to do with a retail liquor outlet; it is a problem for the nightclubs, and with the quite horrendous fines likely for staff selling alcohol to minors this is most unlikely. But then what is 15-year-old Haley doing out on the streets at night? This is a problem for her parents.

Let’s be honest, please. The problem for those opposing Dan Murphy’s is that it is owned by Woolworths. If this additional outlet in town were owned by a local person purveying your organic and gluten-free beers and wine (not yeast-free, sadly) they would be welcomed with open arms.

 

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  1. http://thomaskleppesto.tumblr.com/post/26149335063/the-relative-dangers-of-drugs-what-the-science-says
    Everyone should know this 10 year study of facts from England, where 100 a day die from alcohol drugs. At least we should keep up with any Euro country for damage & death, so long as a few make a lot of money, and you get drunk, huh.

    In earlier times, Ozzie villages & towns had few outlets, RSLs, footie, Workers, and other pubs that closed at 10 pm, and maybe one bottle shop that closed at 8 pm, also reduced hours or closed at the weekend. Before the 10 close, it was 6 pm, and 10 was seen as a gamble. There was some trouble, but nothing like now.

    In our small village Byron, we now have 56 outlets/places of use, only 4 behind Sydney’s Kings Cross, with nearly all night service. Outlets/dealers/places of use want to go for it 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

    Over 80% of all crime (so says the police chief) involves the use of alcohol drugs in Byron. So lets add Murphy’s to this, and in fact, why not go for several more dealers too, just to see how much more damage & death we can have. Besides, it would employ hundreds more strong arms on the door & streets, police & hospital staff. What more could we want. A state of arrogance & war for profit.

    Think of all that money for a few, out of town. We really need to back this for them. If its local only income that makes it all extra ok, huh.

    Ignore the damage and death, employ a lot more “security” & police too. Buy as much as you want for the cheapest price..got to have something at home to give to the kids too. Logical. Sure.

    Money & being drunk is all that counts (hahaha, I don’t care). Sure. You reckon?? Can’t wait for whats next. Blood on the sand as a tourist attraction? Who cares, huh.

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