Campaigning by NAAPA in the run up to the 2014/15 NSW State Election results in a number of significant wins.
As a result of the Not one more campaign the returned NSW Government to commit to four of NAAPA’s election priorities. These commitments were to fund a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Clinic out of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, to review the flawed Community Impact Statement scheme that guides liquor licensing approvals, to continue the ban on receiving political donations from the alcohol industry and to move the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing from the Department of Trade and Investment to the Department of Justice.
If you want detail on each one they are below:
Dedicated FASD Clinic
During the NSW election, the Government announced that it would fund a dedicated FASD Clinic as part of Centre for the Prevention of Harm to Children and Adolescents from Drugs and Alcohol, at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. This is a significant achievement as it is the first dedicated Government funded FASD Clinic in Australia.
Review of the Community Impact Statement scheme
A review of the CIS scheme, will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to have input in how a system should be developed that assesses the true social impact of a liquor licence which can have a dramatic impact on the density of liquor outlets and subsequent reduction in harms. NAAPA will engage in this review process to ensure that communities have a greater voice in the way that alcohol is made available in their neighbourhoods.
Maintaining the ban on alcohol industry political donations
The NSW Government reaffirmed their commitment to maintain the ban on political donations from the alcohol industry under the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981. This policy assists in limiting the influence of vested interests in policy decisions.
Moving the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing to the Department of Justice
The NSW Government has re-located the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) from the Department of Trade and Investment to the Department of Justice. NAAPA requested this action to reduce bias towards business in the decision making processes of OLGR.
Not One More
Each day in NSW alcohol results in 66 assaults, including 27 domestic assaults, 28 emergency department presentations, 142 hospitalisations and three deaths.One more harm from alcohol is one too many.
The upcoming 2015 State Election provides NSW with an opportunity to ensure that their next Government continues to work towards a comprehensive plan that addresses alcohol harms.
‘Not one more’ alcohol related death or injury in NSW
‘My vote is for’ preventing alcohol harms before they happen
These two videos, ‘My vote is for’ and ‘Not one more’ call on all NSW politicians and candidates to make alcohol a priority in this election. Because another family broken due to alcohol is one too many, another child born with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is one too many, another young person’s life derailed because of alcohol is one too many, another community living in fear is one too many.
This election, our vote is for preventing alcohol harms before they happen.
We encourage you to watch and share these videos, and help us urge all NSW politicians to commit to stopping these harms.
What is NAAPA calling for?
The NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) has provided our leaders with a comprehensive plan to prevent alcohol harms in their 2015 Election Platform ‘Not one more’.
NAAPA launched its 2015 election platform ‘Not one more’ at Sydney’s Parliament House on 25 November 2015, urging NSW MP’s to take action on alcohol. This plan has clear solutions to:
- protect children and families
- put communities first
- reduce disability and disease
- prevent street violence
- build a robust alcohol harm prevention framework.
Email your local politician
You can get involved in the campaign by sending an email to your local member calling on them to take action on alcohol.
It’s really simple, just visit http://naapa.good.do/not-one-more, enter your details and hit send. You can customise this with your own message, or use our default.
In New South Wales (NSW), there are limited opportunities for community engagement with liquor licensing and planning decisions.
The complexity of the legislative and regulatory environment for liquor in NSW poses a range of barriers to community members who seek to navigate this landscape.
This discourages community participation and excludes some stakeholders from the process altogether.
There is currently no targeted support for communities to interact with the liquor licensing or planning systems. This results in unsuccessful or partial objections and complaints, and community members who are reluctant to engage with these systems at all.
This 2015 State Election, NAAPA is calling on NSW political parties to commit $800,000 funding over four years to establish a service to support and assist communities in the having a say in how alcohol is made available in their communities.
The development and funding of a Community Defenders Office (CDO), based on the successful Alcohol Community Action Project (ACAP) pilot, would help communities in navigating and interacting with the liquor licensing system.
The ACAP, was a 12 month pilot project funded by the Australian Rechabite Foundation and administered by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education. The purpose of ACAP was to assist individuals, groups and organisations who wanted to engage with the liquor licensing and planning processes to reduce alcohol harms in their community. The pilot project consisted of two key resources: a community adviser and a website of resources.
During its trial, ACAP successfully supported numerous concerned communities across NSW, assisting with lodging objections to liquor related development applications and liquor licence applications, and providing advice to individuals who were not aware of their rights when dealing with these systems.
The initiative proved an important first step in demonstrating the need for support for communities and providing a model for service implementation. The high level of demand experienced by the ACAP project during the pilot demonstrates the need within the community for such a service.
For more information on the ACAP visit www.acap-nsw.org.au
How to get involved
NAAPA has developed a postcard campaign calling on the Premier of NSW Mike Baird to fund and develop a CDO in NSW.
These postcards have been sent to communities across NSW.
If you would like some postcards for your community members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year the NSW Government announced its Alcohol and drug fuelled violence initiatives in response to a series of preventable acts of alcohol-fuelled violence last summer and the tragic deaths of Daniel Christie and Thomas Kelly.
The nation-leading major policy reforms included 3am last drinks and 1:30am lockouts in the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD precincts, a state-wide 10pm closing time for bottle shops, a ban on high risk liquor promotions, and annual risk-based licensing fees for all liquor outlets.
Since these measures have been in place, the people of NSW have been experiencing significant and welcome reductions in alcohol harms.
On Wednesday 21 January 2015, one year on from the NSW Government’s announcement of new measures to reduce alcohol-related violence, the NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) wrote to all Members of the Parliament of NSW asking them to reaffirm their commitment to these reforms. See a copy of the email correspondence they received.
Make alcohol harm prevention measures a priority
NAAPA, a coalition of health, community and emergency services, has developed a roadmap to reducing alcohol harms in NSW, a comprehensive plan which clearly outlines evidence-based solutions to inform alcohol policy discussions.