The NSW premier, Barry O'Farrell, has announced new laws and regulations to tackle drug- and alcohol-related violence.
1. One-punch law
A new offence for ‘one punch’ assaults, with a 20-year maximum sentence for causing death. Where the offender was intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, a minimum mandatory sentence of eight years and a maximum sentence of 25 years applies.
2. Mandatory minimum sentences
Mandatory minimums introduced for serious assaults where drugs and alcohol are involved; existing maximum sentences increased by two years (see table). View attachment 36798
Voluntary intoxication removed as a mitigating factor in sentencing.
4. Drug and alcohol testing
Police empowered to test assault suspects for drugs and alcohol.
5. New Sydney precinct
A new Sydney CBD precinct declared with special licence conditions imposed on venues by regulation (see map) View attachment 36799
6. Lockouts and last drinks
Venues within the precinct will not be allowed to admit patrons after 1.30am, or to serve drinks after 3am (excluding small bars with fewer than 60 patrons, restaurants and tourist accommodation).
7. Public transport
Free buses every 10 minutes from Kings Cross to the CBD on Friday and Saturday nights.
8. Licensing freeze
No new liquor licences to be issued for venues within the precinct (excluding small bars, restaurants and tourist accommodation).
9. Precinct bans
Police given power to ban people from the precinct or part of it.
10. Licensing fees
New licensing scheme with higher fees for venues deemed ‘higher risk’.
11. Earlier closing times for bottle shops
Bottle shops and liquor stores across the state will be required to close no later than 10pm.
12. Increased fines
On-the-spot fines issued by Police for anti-social behavior will be increased (see table)
13. Steroid penalties
Maximum sentence for the illegal supply and possession of steroids increased from two years to 25 years.
14. Responsible Service of Alcohol
Online RSA courses suspended pending changes.
Police will be allowed to mount covert controlled operations to enforce laws on sale of alcohol to minors.
A "road safety style" social media and advertising campaign will be launched.
Photographs/diagrams NSW Government; current and proposed sentences, proposed Sydney CBD entertainment precinct, proposed new fines.
Tuesday 21 January 2014
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New South Wales drug and alcohol package: key points