Former ALP premier Rees attributes his dethronement for taking on the Obeid faction. One of his key initiatives was the introduction of the ‘most violent licensed premises’ list.
Barry O’Farrell exhibited unprecedented statesmanship by spreading the impressive Newcastle alcohol-control measures to Sydney CBD and Kings Cross much to the chagrin of the powerful AHA, hell bent on denying and dismantling proven alcohol harm minimisation measures that have prevented the deaths of and critical injuries to many of our younger generation (de With 16/4 ‘Reasons behind Newcastle nightlife assault drop hidden by statistics’).
O’Farrell has taken the honourable exit path unlike all other recent suspects exposed by the ICAC with similar memory losses.
We are very concerned that his obedient replacement, fearful of similar retribution, will capitulate to the powerful liquor cronies and undo all the recent positive life and cost saving work included our own world class ‘Newcastle conditions’ that has resulted in more licensed premises in a much popular, safer and more diverse night economy.
Pub profits will once again prevail over public and police safety.
Newcastle can proudly regain its place as the most alcohol fuelled violent (‘vibrant’) night spot in NSW.
Tony Brown, Newcastle