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New liquor laws bring decline in crime

By johnboy - 11 March 2011 29

Simon Corbell in Garema Place

Simon Corbell has announced a victory for his new liquor laws:

There has been a marked decrease in the amount of alcohol related arrests in the ACT over the 2010-11 summer period, with 27% less arrests recorded between December and March, compared to the previous year, Attorney General, Simon Corbell said today.

Mr Corbell made the comments while releasing statistics from the first three months of operation of the new liquor laws that came into effect in the ACT on December 1, 2010.

“These results are very pleasing, and are evidence the ACT Labor Government’s targeted strategy to combat alcohol related violence and anti social behaviour is beginning to work,” Mr Corbell said.

“The combination of new liquor laws, a specialised alcohol crime targeting team in ACT Policing, and new liquor enforcement officers in the Office of Regulatory Service is working to produce the desired outcomes of the government’s liquor strategy.”

Now could we have achieved the same outcomes without making small bars unviable?

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New liquor laws bring decline in crime
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Sleaz274 1:28 pm
11 Mar 11
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Or the weather was sh*te and there were 27% less people out. I would have thought that a specific alcohol targetting team (which means drunk bogan targetting team) would have resulted in more arrests??

So basically we spent all this money and changed all these laws and have 27% fewer results to show for it.

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Diggety 1:38 pm
11 Mar 11
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27% fewer police?

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Chaz 2:16 pm
11 Mar 11
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Sleaz274 said :

Or the weather was sh*te and there were 27% less people out. I would have thought that a specific alcohol targetting team (which means drunk bogan targetting team) would have resulted in more arrests??

So basically we spent all this money and changed all these laws and have 27% fewer results to show for it.

My thoughts exactly. I’m pretty sure this was mostly due to weather and not some blitz by police

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georgesgenitals 2:50 pm
11 Mar 11
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Before we go shouting it down, I’d be inclined to wait and see if the stats change at all over a longer period of time, instead of looking at the last little bit.

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Sleaz274 3:16 pm
11 Mar 11
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Well it is the Minister declaring victory ala George Bush on a certain aircraft carrier with a certain banner.

I think it’s justified to comment. I’m sure most pub club owners would say they had a very quiet summer, <50% patronage on previous years.

So could we infer that alcohol crime actually rose by 23% proportionately??

Don't they consider these sort of things before jumping in front of a microphone thinking that we are all blind sheep ready to accept their wisdom?

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Diggety 3:31 pm
11 Mar 11
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I wonder if there has been an increase in bottle shop burglaries?

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Tooks 7:38 pm
11 Mar 11
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Sleaz274 said :

Or the weather was sh*te and there were 27% less people out. I would have thought that a specific alcohol targetting team (which means drunk bogan targetting team) would have resulted in more arrests??

So basically we spent all this money and changed all these laws and have 27% fewer results to show for it.

What makes you think arrests are part of the team’s goals?

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Peep 9:42 pm
11 Mar 11
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So the decrease in arrests is due to less people being in the city (up to a 50% reduction? bad weather), but the Nightrider bus not having any patronage was all due to poor promotion?

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WonderfulWorld 9:52 pm
11 Mar 11
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In my world, I’ve not noticed any change to the liquor laws, they still allow me to purchase.

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Davo111 10:09 pm
11 Mar 11
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I’d say there were 27% less people out.

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bd84 10:26 pm
11 Mar 11
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I can’t say I’ve noticed any change in how alcohol is served or the opening hours of any pubs or clubs, so I don’t see how their new laws have made any difference to alcohol related crime. I would like to see the figures compared to similar times in prior years, I think you may find that it drops consistently when people leave town for their holidays.

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Ian 11:06 pm
11 Mar 11
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Simon and his minders obviously missed the lesson in maths at school that correlation does not necessarily mean causation.

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vg 12:10 am
12 Mar 11
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Amazing that people who would have never seen an angry man in their lives know so much about policing and how much better it should be done.

I mean people never drink indoors when it rains……it couldn’t possibly have been the new laws and team enforcing it. I mean surely everyone knows how to do policing better than the Police…..surely.

Congrats to the new laws and the teams that enforce them. Small bars aren’t ‘unviable’, that is a nonsense pushed by the AHA.

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buzz819 7:48 am
12 Mar 11
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Sleaz274 said :

Or the weather was sh*te and there were 27% less people out. I would have thought that a specific alcohol targetting team (which means drunk bogan targetting team) would have resulted in more arrests??

So basically we spent all this money and changed all these laws and have 27% fewer results to show for it.

I wonder how many criminal infringement notices were handed at during this time, compared to say last year. (Not really fair I know, considering most were introduced on December.)

I think you will find that the arrests had to do with assaults, anti-social behavior and intoxication, if these three things aren’t been done, then why should the arrest rates be bigger?

Have you been out on a friday, saturday or thursday night? The weather does not affect the amount of people out, most of the night clubs in civic are in the one building with a HUGE cover over most of the walk way.

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georgesgenitals 4:41 pm
12 Mar 11
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vg said :

Amazing that people who would have never seen an angry man in their lives know so much about policing and how much better it should be done.

Agreed. It’s very easy to tear things down.

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