Need for a nationally-consistent approach to alcohol-fuelled violence

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On 3 February 2016, the Senate referred the following matter to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report: 

The need for a nationally-consistent approach, negotiated, developed and delivered by the Federal Government together with all state and territory governments, to address and reduce alcohol-fuelled violence, including one-punch related deaths and injuries across Australia, with particular reference to:

  1. the current status of state and territory laws relating to:
    1. bail requirements and penalties surrounding alcohol-related violence, and
    2. liquor licensing, including the effectiveness of lockout laws and alcohol service laws;
  2. the effectiveness of the current state and territory:
    1. training requirements of persons working within the hospitality industry and other related industries, and
    2. educational and other information campaigns designed to reduce alcohol-related violence;
  3. the viability of a national strategy to ensure adoption and delivery of the most effective measures, including harmonisation of laws and delivery of education and awareness across the country, and funding model options for a national strategy;
  4. whether a judicial commission in each state and territory would ensure consistency in judgments relating to alcohol-related violence in line with community standards; and
  5. any other related matter.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560
Fax: +61 2 6277 5794
alcohol.violence.sen@aph.gov.au

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