The NSW Council of Churches has backed a call by the President of the Police Association of NSW, Mr Scott Weber, for tighter restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol.
Council President Rev Richard Quadrio said the churches strongly supported the Police Association’s Last Drinks campaign which sought to tackle the problem of alcohol-related violence by convincing NSW political leaders to bring in measures such as earlier closing times, lock-outs and restrictions on the sale of high-alcohol content drinks late at night.
Rev Quadrio said police officers, doctors, nurses and ambulance officers were sick of dealing with the effects of alcohol-related violence. Brutal attacks on emergency services workers by drunken thugs are not what we expect or condone in our suburbs or in our city centres.
The NSW Council of Churches has urged both major political parties to announce new policies to address alcohol-fuelled violence.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 30 Jan 2011.