This is not another of my rants in favour of the freedom to have a beer. It’s just a specific reference for those who are interested in whether the evidence supports lockouts as a solution to rowdy streets.
From LAW & POLICY, Vol. 34, No. 1, January 2012
“3 a.m. lockouts are not the panacea to the overall violent crime problem in entertainment districts: they work to control the violent crime problems within the licensed premises, yet cannot influence patterns of violence throughout the public spaces within an entertainment district. Clearly, other regulatory mechanisms are needed to control the problems that occur in public places. For example, taxi rank security, improved late night transportation (Sandy and Crutcher 2009; Queensland Government 2005), move-on police powers (Crime and Misconduct Com- mission Queensland 2008), hotspots policing (Sherman 2010), and a range of other public space social control interventions (Ker and Chinnock 2008; Warburton and Shepherd 2006) must work in concert with the 3 a.m. lockout legislation to address the holistic nature of crime in public space.”
Basically it may reduce some drinking INSIDE premises but it doesn’t address neighbourhood issues. People who want the Cross and Oxford Street to ‘sober up’ will have to think a bit harder.
The full paper Violence in and around Entertainment Districts: A Longitudinal Analysis of the Impact of Late-Night Lockout Legislation by LORRAINE MAZEROLLE, GENTRY WHITE, JANET RANSLEY, and PATRICIA FERGUSON can be found at
As I have said previously I support the measures that are backed by evidence - police move on powers, better transport and taxi security as well as CCTV and extra police patrols in hot spots
today the SMH has great pic of a proposed highline -such a good idea! herald article is at http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/push-to-recycle-monorail-and-let-city-enjoy-high-life-20120420-1xcff.html
a while back i posted on facebook suggesting the same thing and i made a submission to the 2030 consultation saying the same. So here it is Dani - proof!
so here’s my cunning plan for the monorail - who’s with me???
http://www.thehighline.org/galleries/images/popular Popular Imageswww.thehighline.org The official Web site of the High Line and Friends of the High Line
sure but they didn’t shoot to kill. and they didn’t kill him. whereas he very nearly did kill a bunch of people - no easy choices for the cops