Tuesday 21 January 2014 the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross and an eight year mandatory minimum sentence for drug and alcohol affected one-punch assaults will be introduced as part of the NSW Government’s comprehensive package to make our streets safer, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced today.
Parliament will be recalled next week in order to implement some of the key legislative measures as quickly as possible.
This tough and comprehensive package includes:
"I have been horrified by the continued drug and alcohol-fuelled attacks on city streets and the increase in violence used in these attacks," Mr O’Farrell said.
"I’ve heard the community’s call for action and I’m confident this package of measures approved by Cabinet will make a difference," he said.
"These new measures are tough and for that I make no apologies. I expect opposition to some or all of the measures, but the community wants strong action and the NSW Government intends to deliver it.
"The measures announced today build on our targeted approach to tackling drug and alcohol-fuelled violence since we came to government, including the ‘Three Strikes’ regime, increasing police numbers and powers and improving public transport.
"We’re getting on with the job of making our streets safer. The initiatives already implemented have seen a fall in violence on licenced premises, but more improvement is needed and that’s the basis of these measures.
"Dealing effectively with the issue of drug and alcohol-fuelled violence requires concerted efforts by government and its agencies, the alcohol industry and the community.
"A strong consistent message is required that alcohol and drug-fuelled violence will not be tolerated.
"The idea that it’s OK to go out, get intoxicated, start a fight or throw a coward’s punch is completely unacceptable – and, under these measures those who do so will face serious consequences.
"There are no single or simple cure-alls for these problems. Part of the solution will involve community education and that’s why we’ve also committed to a community education campaign along the lines of multimedia road safety campaigns like "What’s your Plan B?".
"It’s incumbent upon all of us to play our part if we are to stamp out this unacceptable behaviour and change the culture that surrounds it," Mr O’Farrell said.