Senate Inquiry into Alcohol-Fuelled Violence


In early February 2016 I secured the support of the Senate to establish a national Inquiry into the need to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence across our country. I chaired this Inquiry. Unfortunately due to the Double Dissolution election called by the Turnbull Government all inquiries were cancelled.


Everyone deserves to be able to enjoy their city and their social life in peace without worrying about their safety, and the Federal Government has an obligation to investigate the need for a nationally consistent approach to combatting the tragic and unnecessary evil of alcohol-fuelled violence.


It is clear that Australians are tired of seeing young lives ruined and extinguished by senseless coward punches. It seems as though every week we see a new sickening case of an unprovoked and alcohol-fuelled assault killing or permanently injuring someone in the news.


It’s time to say ‘enough’. That’s why I pushed the Government to show some leadership and develop a national framework in partnership with the states and territories to address this important social issue. All options ought to be on the table in tackling the violence and the Inquiry will consider the effectiveness of existing approaches as well as new strategies in awareness, education, trading hours, transport, policing, sentencing, industry training and regulating the service of alcohol.


We need a more proactive approach to this issue, and with the support and advice of police, medical professionals, and community members around the country, I wanted this inquiry to highlight the necessity of a rational, effective, and nationally consistent approach to making sure our country’s nightlife is safe for every Australian to enjoy.


Submissions to the inquiry closed on March 31 2016. For more information on the inquiry please CLICK HERE