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May 9, 2021

Why aren’t we acting on all the alcohol-fuelled killings?

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A Brazilian student died last week in central Sydney from yet another alcohol-related assault. Have we already forgotten him and his family?

Where are all the headlines and moral outrage after this latest alcohol-fuelled king-hit death?

He wasn’t part of the ‘establishment’ (see http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/11/05/mother-brazilian-student-killed-sydney-forgives-attacker).

Why weren’t they screaming about the merchant banker who got bail for the drunken king hit assault on the security guard in central Sydney leaving him near death with critical brain injuries?

Because the innocent victim was a middle-aged family man of likely lower socio-economic background and of middle eastern or islander extraction?

Look at the litany of pathetic prosecutions against licensees http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac;jsessionid=06F981DD212A9F4453329459D135DB55?sy=afr&pb=all_ffx&dt=selectRange&dr=1month&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=brs&cls=281&clsPage=1&docID=NCH130312DA758MSUNAI

The Police Association has hit the nail on the head.

It must be about simple prevention and public cost savings. It is a political problem that demands a courageous political answer to put public safety ahead of pub profits.

ILGA has said around only 25 per cent of assaults are reported.

More alcohol-related harm/deaths arise from non-criminal related incidents. Why are they not banging on about this?

Not one mention in the media of ‘industry responsibility’ or the irresponsible oversupply and promotion of grog.

Or of the Liquor Stores Association convincing the NSW government and OLGR that alcohol is just another simple consumer item, the same as ‘breakfast cereal’ and ‘toilet paper’.

That Woolworths tells Liverpool Council that it’s ‘OK to promote alcohol to kids because it toughens them up against capitalism’.

Where is the public and media moral outrage concerning these above statements by the powerful liquor industry who of course profit from government protection and the uninterrupted supply and promotion of alcohol to vulnerable and susceptible parts of our community?

O’Farrell is not serious in stopping/controlling the flow and strength of grog, the industry ‘motherload’. Build more prisons, more cop punching bags, more costly ineffective band aids etc.

We know that around 93 per cent of young people are served when intoxicated (BOCSAR). And 60 per cent of them intoxicated by preloading are still allowed entry (Miller).

Coles and Woolies (who now control 54 per cent of all liquor outlets in Australia) sell grog cheaper than some bottled water.

Remember Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch’s words about ‘driving a ute up to a Dan Murphys and filling it full of cheap grog with no restrictions’.

Councils still rubber stamping most if not all liquor-related DAs, one of the worst being Sydney Council.

Many people have made a vital point this week on this issue after the sentence of Kieran Loveridge for king-hitting young Thomas Kelly and killing him.

Loveridge, the court was told, was blind drunk on the night of the assault.

People want to see the question, ‘Where did Loveridge drink that night to get so blind drunk?’ honestly answered.

They also say that action should be taken aganst any licensed establishment(s) which may have served Loveridge on that night when he was already intoxicated.

Tony Brown, Newcastle

 


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3 COMMENTS

  1. If the same person died from food poisoning it would make the headlines and the health departments would be scrambling to find out what establishment caused it. Funny how an alcohol related death just gets swept under the carpet.

  2. For a very eloquent response to the rancour of the sentencing debate, see the following article by Nic Cowdery, former NSW DPP http://www.smh.com.au/comment/thomas-kelly-this-was-never-a-case-of-murder-20131110-2x99g.html

    If you wish to express your concern with the ongoing complicity of the NSW government protecting the powerful alcohol industry from appropriate scrutiny and imposing effective state-wide conditions to modestly reduce the dangerous oversupply, promotion and availability of alcohol and empower local communities, you may wish to consider the following campaign lastdrinks.org.au/save-nsw/

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