The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) is undertaking an unjustified review of the Newcastle special licence conditions. It is critical that we continue to defend these measures to maintain prevention of alcohol-fuelled street violence.
NAAPA made a submission to the review on 7 February 2018. Our submission made the case to maintain the existing measures, outlining the following:
- The Newcastle conditions have been successful in reducing harm
- Safer streets and venues have led to a more diversified economy in Newcastle
- Exemptions undermine the effectiveness and integrity of good policy
- The Sydney measures will create risks for Newcastle
- Increasing the sale of rapid consumption beverages increases the likelihood of harm
- There is strong community support for the Newcastle conditions
- Community safety must be prioritised over vested industry interests
About the review
This review is unprecedented and has been secretly orchestrated by the Australian Hotels Association of NSW (AHA NSW) in an attempt to get rid of the measures.
The ILGA has made it apparent that it will not be making submissions public until after the report has been handed down. This lack of transparency is deeply concerning and is not in the best interest of the local community. It brings into question the legitimacy in which the review is being conducted and whether the submissions will be made public at all.
ILGA has appointed barrister Jonathan Horton QC to conduct the review. Mr Horton was Counsel Assisting for the Callinan Review (NSW Liquor Laws). The terms of reference can be found on the ILGA website.
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About the Newcastle Conditions
On 14 March 2008, the then Liquor Administration Board (LAB) imposed special conditions on 14 licences in the Newcastle CBD. The main conditions were 1:30am lockouts and 3:30am closure times. This was following conferences held under the Liquor Act 1982 in response to concerns regarding violence, anti-social behaviour and disturbance complaints. For more information on the conditions and a list of the venues please visit the Liquor & Gaming NSW information sheet.
The Newcastle measures have been central in NAAPA’s advocacy of restrictions to pub and club trading hours to prevent alcohol-fuelled street violence.
Because the Newcastle measures have been thoroughly reviewed by researchers from Newcastle University, John Hunter Hospital and other Australian institutes showing a direct relationship between their implementation and the sustained and overwhelming reduction in night-time assaults.
The Newcastle conditions are recognised internationally for their proven positive effect on reducing alcohol-related harm. We are calling on all Newcastle and NSW community members to act in their defence.
Sign the petition today to maintain the Newcastle conditions and lend your support to Newcastle’s frontline staff of paramedics, police officers, nurses and doctors by keeping Newcastle’s streets safe.