COMMENT

Channel Seven has obtained official crime statistics that show that violence has surged by 42% in the areas of Sydney controlled by the draconian lock-out laws.

Previous reports touted by the Government indicated a fall in assaults since the 2014 laws were introduced, but this simply isn’t the case.

Alcohol-related non-domestic incidents rose 42% in the Oxford Street precinct from September 2016 to September 2017, to 98 incidents. More than half of these took place on licenced premises. During this same period there were 103 incidents in Kings Cross.

The Office of Liquor and Gaming have tried to put a positive spin on this, claiming only one venue had more than seven attacks in the twelve month period — which still seems an awful lot, considering the ghost town that the area now is — actually stating: “This represents an upward trend, not extreme violence.”

So, it’s not extreme violence, just… an upward trend in violence. That’s a relief.

Can we now admit this whole shambles has been a failure?

As Tyson Koh from Keep Sydney Open — who have been fighting the good fight since the laws were introduced — said of these reports: “The sad thing is that assaults were already steadily declining in the years prior to the lockouts being introduced in 2014.

“If the government had done nothing there would have been a further decrease in assaults without the deserted streets.