26th January 2014
The NSW Government has announced a series of initiatives to tackle drug and alcohol related violence.
- An eight year mandatory minimum sentence for those convicted under new one punch laws where the offender is intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol, plus new mandatory minimum sentences for violent assaults where intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol;
- The removal of voluntary intoxication by drugs or alcohol as a mitigating factor when courts determine sentences;
- Increasing the maximum sentence to 25 years for the illegal supply and possession of steroids - up from two years;
- Increased on-the-spot fines to $1,100 for continued intoxicated and disorderly behaviour disobeying a police move-on order an increase of more than five times;
- Introduction of 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks across an expanded CBD precinct to include Kings Cross to Cockle Bay, The Rocks to Haymarket and Darlinghurst.
- Free buses running every ten minutes from Kings Cross to the CBD to connect with existing NightRide services on Friday and Saturday nights;
- Enabling Police to impose an immediate CBD precinct ban of up to 48 hours for trouble-makers;
- A precinct-wide freeze on liquor licences for new pubs and clubs;
- The introduction of a periodic risk-based licencing scheme with higher fees imposed for venues and outlets that have later trading hours, poor compliance histories or are in high risk locations;
- New state-wide 10pm closing time for all bottle shops and liquor stores;
- A community awareness and media campaign to address the culture of binge drinking and the associated drug and alcohol related violence.
The NSW Government is committed to working with community and industry to address this problem to make our streets safer.