Following the tragic death of Thomas Kelly there was much talk with six prominent people on the front page of the SMH giving their ideas:
*The AHA – Hotels, clubs and pubs – “we all should take responsibility for our own actions” – presumably not the AHA
*The politician – Souris – a comment of fluff saying absolutely nothing
*The politician – Malcolm – wanting trains after 1am because the venues close later probably 3am – I ask what is wrong with buses. The thought of the mayhem on a railway station with tens and probably hundreds of drunken louts herded together is appalling. People movers carrying up to 20 people with a driver and guard aboard on a continuous loop, Kings Cross/Central/Town Hall would really shift people quickly.
*Clover pushing her barrow for more everything incl small bars but less bigger venues
*the police who cop the lot wanting less hours – they should have had a person from St Vincents Hospital – they cop so much
*the statistician who can back up his comments with figures unlike most of the others
But no-one mentioned the city up the road – Newcaswtle, where shorter hours have produced a 30% decrease in incidents. Newcastle has become the elephant in the room.