Senator Sean Edwards – Liberal Party of Australia
Senator Edwards disputes the view expressed in 2.73. A stated objective
of the NSW lockout laws was to reduce violent assaults in key areas and Senator
Edwards notes 2.69 of the committee report which indicates that this objective
is being met.
In addition, there is no indication that a ‘normalisation’ of
restrictive measures has occurred as a result of this public health policy and
the statement expressed in 2.73 is overreach.
Senator Edwards notes the falsity of the view expressed in 2.74 relating
to the damage caused by overconsuming alcohol being limited to the individual.
The impacts of alcohol overconsumption are not always benign. Harms to public
health and safety include impacts on the individual’s family and friends,
destruction of public property and assaults on individuals as well as the
burden on the public health system.
For these reasons the states and territories are obliged to encourage
the responsible consumption of alcohol through appropriate legislation.
Senator Sean Edwards
Liberal Party of Australia
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