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Impacts of trading restrictions on alcohol-related violence in NSW

Professor Don Weatherburn
Resource Type: NDARC Seminars

Professor Don Weatherburn presented at the NDARC Webinar Series on Thursday 30 June 2022.

This webinar explore the effects of the NSW 'lockout laws' in displacing assault to areas surrounding Kings Cross and the CBD.

The presentation described the circumstances leading up to the introduction of the so-called ‘lockout laws’ in NSW; laws that imposed stringent restrictions on the sale of alcohol in Kings Cross and the Sydney CBD. It also examined the long-term impact of those laws on reported rates of assault in Kings Cross, the Sydney CBD and areas surrounding those zones. The implications for liquor licensing policy were also discussed.


About the speaker

Dr Don Weatherburn is a Professor at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and was formerly Executive Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

He graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Psychology and was awarded a Ph.D. by that university in 1979. He has published on a wide range of topics including sentencing, criminal justice administration, drug law enforcement, alcohol-related violence, harm reduction and program evaluation. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications, including four books. His latest book 'The Vanishing Criminal' was published by Melbourne University Press last year. He is the recipient of a public service medal and is a member of the Academy of Social Science in Australia, the American Economic Association and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology.