Media release: 28 May 2012
While touting the supposed success of responsible drinking policy in NSW, Hospitality Minister George Souris conveniently overlooked the more than 50 percent of patrons who were served alcohol while being obviously intoxicated, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
Commenting on the release of the BOCSAR report on responsible service of alcohol, Dr Kaye said: "An appalling 92.9% of intoxicated persons were not refused service by the licensed premises.
"A massive 87.6% of those surveyed were not asked to leave the licensed premises despite being very intoxicated.
"These data show that yesterday's announcement of a parliamentary inquiry was merely a distraction from the main game.
"Rather than risk the ire of the AHA and Clubs NSW, the O'Farrell government is taking the politically convenient path of targeting private homes.
"The real focus should be the huge number of pubs and clubs who fail to fulfil their legal responsibilities to serve alcohol responsibly.
"Parents are an easy target.
"Going after home consumption by underage drinkers might make good headlines for Sunday morning but it is the least effective way of addressing alcohol-related violence.
"Turning a blind eye to the blatant disregard of the state's liquor laws is a pay-off for the $472,000 that the Australian Hotels Association threw at the Coalition as those donations were being made illegal.
"After 15 months in office the O'Farrell government's response to this major public health issue has been limited to three strikes legislation that had to be redrafted, the introduction of a Drunk and Disorderly offence that unfairly targets the disadvantaged, and a parliamentary inquiry that scapegoats consumption of alcohol by minors in private homes.
"If pubs and clubs were forced to obey the law, their profits might be reduced but there would be fewer drunk people, less violence and lower impacts on local residents," Dr Kaye said.
For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455