MP backs Premier's action to combat alcohol-fuelled violence

LONDONDERRY MP Bart Bassett has endorsed tougher measures to tackle drug and alcohol-fuelled violence, announced by Premier Barry O'Farrell last week

State parliament will be recalled next week in order to implement the key legislative measures.

The package includes:

■ Eight-year mandatory minimum sentence for those convicted under new one punch laws where the offender is intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol, plus new mandatory minimum sentences for violent assaults where intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol;

■ 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks across an expanded CBD precinct to include Kings Cross to Darling Harbour, The Rocks to Haymarket and Darlinghurst;

■ New state-wide 10pm closing time for all bottle shops and liquor stores;

■ Increased on-the-spot fines to $1100 for continued intoxicated and disorderly behaviour disobeying a police move-on order;

■ Free buses running every 10 minutes from Kings Cross to the CBD on Friday and Saturday nights;

■ Increasing maximum penalties by two years where drugs and/or alcohol are aggravating factors for violent crimes including assault causing grievous bodily harm, reckless bodily harm, assault against police, affray and sexual assault;

■ A precinct-wide freeze on liquor licences for new pubs and clubs.

"The level of violence is unacceptable and like the community I am appalled by the continued drug and alcohol-fuelled attacks on the streets," Mr Bassett said.

"A strong consistent message is required to make it clear that alcohol and drug-fuelled violence is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

"There are no single or simple cure-alls for these problems.

"It's incumbent upon all of us to play our part if we are to stamp out this unacceptable behaviour and change the culture that surrounds it."

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