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20 Jul, 2013

Sydney Morning Herald: Time to rethink the role alcohol plays in city violence

This week the connection between alcohol and street violence came into sharp focus again with the head of the NSW Police Association, Scott Weber, making the extraordinary call for the abolition of the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing – the state government agency which oversees regulation of licensed venues.

Weber’s call followed the bashing of two young men on central Sydney’s George Street strip. One, Matthew Blackmore, a 33-year-old finance worker, ended up in intensive care after being king-hit on George Street in the early hours of Sunday morning by a stranger as he was waiting for a taxi.

Another, 26-year-old Simon Cramp, was left fighting for his life after being king-hit on a night out at The Rocks. With unnerving timing, those near-tragedies occurred nearly a year to the day that the parents of 18-year-old Thomas Kelly turned off his life support after he too had been king-hit – but in Kings Cross.

Read the rest: Hitting the town.