Debate over Death on Kings Cross

Kings Cross inSydneyhas seen a public uproar over the passing of Thomas Kelly, an eighteen year old who died after being hit while he walked along a street on Kings Cross earlier in July, 2012. A panel which included police, politicians, representatives of the liquor industry and crime experts were crammed into the Town Hall to hold discussions about the issue, with hundreds of public representatives.

Mark Murdoch, the New South Wales Assistant Police Commissioner addressed the forum saying the time to fixSydney’s alcohol addiction has come. He got straight to the point, without mucking around, and said that the availability and abuse of alcohol is the real problem, drawing applause from the crowd.

He added that drugs have been a historical problem in Kings Cross, however, the alcohol problem seems to be outdoing it. While Mr. Murdoch spoke at the Town Hall, inspectors walked into the bars in Kings Cross to start a major conformity audit of all venues that are licensed on the nightclub strip.

George Souris, the Hospitality Minister assured that checks had commenced and that they will go on over the following few days. He also revealed that the areas licensing approvals and transport issues will be addressed by a management plan that is currently under development. The incident is yet another reminder of responsible behaviour and more vigilance on the part of businesses serving alcoholic drinks, and reiterates the importance of RSA courses.

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