Date PostedDecember 16, 2013

NSW Responsible Service of Alcohol Update: Sydney Citizens to Make Recommendations to Tackle Alcohol Misuse

In an attempt to tackle the alcohol related violence which seems to be dominating the headlines IN Sydney, a taskforce of more than 40 citizens have been appointed to tackle alcohol crime related issues.

The taskforce is the combined effort of The Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, the City of Sydney, the NSW government and the independent new Democracy Foundation. The organisations will team up to launch the panel which will be made up of 43 randomly selected people who aren’t affiliated to any parties, lobbyists or interest groups.

The group will be asked to come up with at least 5 recommendations to make Sydney’s night life safer.

Ralph Kelly, the father of the teenager who became the poster child for the consequences of alcohol fuelled violence in Kings Cross when he was murdered there last year, has expressed his desire for the panel to hopefully cut through “self-interest and conflicting views” to come up with solutions to the problems. He was quoted as saying,

“I hadn’t appreciated just how politically complex this issue is,” Mr Kelly, who founded the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, said on Tuesday.

“I just want a jury of people to really look at what is happening and for there to be a sensible and informed conversation which government listens to.

“We don’t know what the outcome will be, but I think a citizens’ jury is a way to get beyond the simple back-and-forth between lobbies which goes nowhere.”


The initiative is being funded primarily by the City of Sydney and the NSW government and will cost more than $132,000.

How will the jury be selected?

A call-out will be sent to a sample of 20,000 randomly selected Sydney citizens as well as members from an additional group of university and TAFE students to ensure that all age groups are adequately represented.

The jury will undertake 6 meetings and other discussions from early next year and will be asked to set guidelines to be implemented within a certain time frame.

According to reports NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has agreed the recommendations of the jury will be taken to parliament unaltered.

Groups in the community will be allowed to make their cases known to the jury who then make recommendations.

The article on explains further:

The call-out for jury members will be sent out to a randomly selected sample of 20,000 Sydney residents, as well as an additional draw of university and TAFE students to ensure those aged 18 to 24 are properly represented.

Through six face-to-face meetings and other discussion from early 2014, they will be asked to come up with set recommendations attached to a timeline.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said expert groups, interest groups, community groups and lobbyists will be invited to make their case, but the extent of their role will be in the hands of the jury.


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