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Police blitz on anti-social behaviour

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Extra police patrols will be conducted across regional NSW in a continued effort to decrease alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.

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Pokies are poison to Woolies but the pollies won’t touch them

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It was never meant to be this way. Back in the early noughties Woolworths had no real interest in getting into the pokies business, it just wanted to break into booze retailing. But due to a quirk of Queensland law that meant Woolies had to own pubs too, the retailing giant went and bought itself a majority share in a company that owned a great big...

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Charges laid over serious assault at Newcastle

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A man has been charged after another man was seriously assaulted in Newcastle yesterday. Just before 6.30pm on Sunday, an altercation broke out outside a licenced premises on Wharf Road, involving two men. Read the full article on The Newcastle Herald here.

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How Scotland’s licensing boards may look to Australia

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When pubs and clubs that previously opened until after midnight are made to close or stop serving alcohol earlier, the number of assaults and injuries falls. That is the message from several Australian cities. In Newcastle, it was found that the early closures also led to an increase in the number of licensed premises and […]

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The “last drinks” laws reducing violence in Australia

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For years it looked like Australians could not give a Castlemaine XXXX for their rising tide of alcohol-related violence. Then, a decade ago, one city called time, literally. Newcastle in New South Wales imposed what were quickly dubbed “last drinks” laws. Local licensing chiefs moved to shorten opening hours for pubs, clubs, and crucially, hot...

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