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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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Newcastle Herald: NSW Upper House MPs agree a four-week review of Newcastle’s lockout laws is too short

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THE NSW Upper House will ask the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority to extend its snap review of Newcastle’s liquor laws and take public submissions until the end of February. Government and opposition MPs backed a motion by Greens MP Justin Field on Thursday to extend the deadline from December 13 after strong criticism of the […]

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Newcastle Herald: A Hunter study provides evidence to back retention of ‘Newcastle solution’ licensing laws

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NEWCASTLE’S “last drinks” and “lockout” laws have led to a “significant and sustained” 31 per cent reduction in serious alcohol-related facial injury assault cases at John Hunter Hospital, a Hunter research team has found. Serious facial injury assaults treated at the hospital increased at a rate of 14 per cent per year from 2003 to ...

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Newcastle Superintendent John Gralton says the evidence is in on alcohol trading hours and assaults

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“I STRONGLY believe any relaxation of the current licensing conditions in Newcastle risks a big black eye for the city. I really do.” Newcastle Superintendent John Gralton didn’t hold back after learning on Tuesday – along with the rest of the community – that licensing laws in place in Newcastle since 2008 are under review at the requ...

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Emergency workers slam NSW lockout review

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Emergency service workers have slammed a review of Newcastle’s lockout laws, questioning whether NSW is being run for the community or the liquor industry. The review, announced by the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) on Tuesday, follows a request by the Australian Hotels Association on behalf of 15 Newcastle venues for chan...

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Bound and gagged – NSW liquor licensing silences community objections

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24 August 2017: New South Wales communities are being robbed of the opportunity to object to or complain about liquor licence applications, by an unfair, complex and outdated regulatory system. In its submission to Liquor and Gaming NSW’s Evaluation of the Community Impact Statement requirement for liquor applications, the state’s leading alcoh...

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Flawed ‘three strikes’ scheme further undermined by hasty government proposal

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21 May 2017: A government program designed to ensure licensed venues across New South Wales comply with liquor regulation was already failing to target the industry’s worst repeat offenders. Now critics say a bill, introduced to Parliament by Racing Minister Paul Toole, threatens to further weaken the scheme and put the safety of patrons and [&he...

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