Who can forget the horrific tragedy that occurred in Kings Cross over a year ago which resulted in the death of teenager Thomas Kelly? Now Thomas’ parents are pleading with the government to take action against alcohol fuelled violence.
According to the father of Thomas, Ralph Kelly a “shocking anti-alcohol campaign” is needed in order to implement a shift in Australia’s drinking culture.
Incidents such as the one which claimed Thomas Kelly’s life need to be dealt with at the source. Thomas was killed allegedly by a stranger in Potts Point.
According to Mr Kelly the state government’s actions had not gone far enough following the death of his son to tackle alcohol fuelled violence. He said public awareness campaigns such as the ones for anti-smoking and drink-driving were needed to overcome alcohol misuse and violence. He also called for more police on the streets and a crackdown on entertainment venues. He suggested that an education campaign could be funded by an alcohol sales tax.
This post from Dailytelegraph.com.au explains:
Alcohol affects not just young people going out at night. It goes through the community at many, many levels and the cost to society is measured in the billions per year,” Mr Kelly told the Wentworth Courier.
“It is about breaking the cycle. If that means closing venues earlier then that’s what we should be doing to make Sydney safer.”
Mr Kelly said the alleged bashing of 26-year-old Simon Cramp on George St early on June 2 showed more needed to be done.
It is not enough. The measures are a step in the right direction, but they have only focused on Darlinghurst. We saw last Sunday that this is a problem throughout the city, not just Kings Cross,” he said.
Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data show the number of assaults at licensed premises has dropped 7.7 per cent in the two years to March.
Hospitality Minister George Souris said those statistics, as well as record low numbers of pubs and clubs on the violent venues list, proved government measures were working.
According to the minister following the Kelly incident the government has taken a more serious approach to alcohol problems. Some of the measures implemented by cracking down on licensing with a ban on shots, doubles and glassware after midnight in areas such as Kings Cross (high risk areas). According to the minister these measures were showing signs of improvement.
According to Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data the number of assaults at licensed premises has dropped 7.7 per cent in the two years to March.Hospitality Minister George Souris said those statistics, as well as record low numbers of pubs and clubs on the violent venues list, proved government measures were working.
The father of Thomas Kelly is calling for all Australians to write to their local MPs to lobby for change. The Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation will also host a fundraising dinner at The Star on Wednesday, September 18 if you wish to contribute to the cause.