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New South Wales – the new Nanny State of Nanny Statism

January 21, 2014


New South Wales has leapt to the fore of Nanny-Statism States with so-called “premiere” Barry Oh The Farrell announcing a range of new initiatives aimed at curbing the rampant unbridled bogan filth of violence that plagues the State’s “entertainment precincts” every stinking weekend.

The new “measures” (pardon the pun) include:

  • A mandatory eight-year minimum sentence for any alcohol or drug-fuelled assaults that end in death.
  • An increase in the serious assault maximum penalty by two years, with mandatory minimum sentences.
  • On the spot fines for disorderly behaviour increased from $200 to $1,100.
  • Police now have powers to immediately ban ‘troublemakers’ from CBD/Kings Cross.
  • An increase in the penalty for possession of steroids up from two years to 25 years.
  • CBD/Kings Cross venues to have 1:30am lockouts with drinks stopping at 3:00am.
  • Bottle shops across NSW set to close at 10:00pm.

“[We will do] whatever it takes to get the message through to people across NSW that it is no longer acceptable to go out and drink yourself stupid, take illicit substances, start fights, ‘coward punch’ people or engage in other assaults thinking you [will] get away with it,” Mr O’Farrell said.

However critics have lashed out at the initiatives slamming them as a breach of civil liberties.  Some have also questioned the logic of throwing hoards of intoxicated people onto the city’s streets at 3:00am – the notorious “taxi changeover time”- when it can be nigh on impossible to hail a cab.



39 Comments leave one →
  1. egg permalink
    January 21, 2014 3:26 pm

    Doesn’t go far enough.

  2. paul permalink
    January 21, 2014 3:45 pm

    Have to agree with you egg, does not go far enough

  3. egg permalink
    January 21, 2014 3:54 pm

    Alcohol attracts the name of ‘sin tax’ and should be increased, with all the extra money earmarked for building new hospitals.

    This story is a year old and gives a feeling for the debate.

    ‘ECONOMISTS and health advocates have labelled the alcohol taxation system as ”incoherent” and ”crazy”, with calls for it to be overhauled. Wine, beer and traditional cider are taxed at lower rates than spirits, pre-mixed drinks and flavoured cider.

    ‘But economists are questioning the ”incoherent” nature of how alcohol is taxed in Australia.

    ‘Melbourne economic consultant John Marsden recently estimated that the social costs of drinking, which is about $15 billion a year, could be curbed by placing a higher tax on cheap wine. This would lead to a $230 million benefit to the public, the report said.

    ‘The 2010 Henry Tax review alternatively suggested that all alcohol should be taxed by the volume of alcohol each drink contains.’

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  4. January 21, 2014 4:34 pm

    Disgusting. They’ll be forcing people to wear seatbelts in their cars next.

  5. paul permalink
    January 21, 2014 4:41 pm

    and forcing people to stop using mobile phones in the car while driving

  6. January 21, 2014 5:02 pm

    Fucking socialist leftie arseholes!!!! Rules are for pussies!

  7. egg permalink
    January 21, 2014 5:44 pm

    Taxing alcohol through the roof doesn’t interfere with my free market values, user pays.

  8. egg permalink
    January 21, 2014 5:48 pm

    What we need to conduct a war on this pernicious drug.

    ‘One in eight deaths of Australians aged under 25 is now related to alcohol consumption, a report has revealed.

    ‘The Australian National Council on Drugs report (ANCD) also found 60 per cent of all police call outs – up to 90 per cent at night – are alcohol-related.’


  9. TB Queensland permalink
    January 21, 2014 5:58 pm

    You pisshead Mexicans … no wonder we keep you on your side of the border … fkn refugees trying to come here for more grog a better life …

  10. egg permalink
    January 21, 2014 6:14 pm


    Don’t worry, Barry has already been corrupted so he’ll sit on his hands.

  11. January 21, 2014 9:18 pm

    Fatty and the fun police where the NSW Libs are controlled by the god bother’s.

    So let me get this right, fucking irresponsible parents raise kids on x boxes and a 42′ widescreen education with “virtual” boundaries; they carry on like pork chops and its us responsible over 30’s who live in the cities where the suburban yobs go have to pay the price? Fuck Barry O’Farrel we need Bumper Farrell

    Meanwhile Jon Ibraham and Justin Hemmes runs the alcopop ice chest nightclubs , thick as thieves with the AHA who claim no responsibility at all. Live music venues shut down that have no fights or trouble by corrupt councils payed off by filthy scumbag cookie cutter developers that pay yuppie neighbors who have been there 5 minutes to complain about noise in the paper thin shoe boxes falling apart before they are finished knowing full well it will send the venue tits up.

    Wonder if packers joint (the water front gift) will have a 1am lockout?

    These are the fuckers in the NSW LNP that tried to stop Clover Moore issuing licences to all the new hip bars where us civilised people drink like round midnight and the new bars in Newtown, PBC ect. Where there is no trouble, yet they will be effected.

    Lets use a stick of dynamite to go fishing, philistines. Meanwhile 9 cops and dogs roam the train network with a 12% strike rate, a great use of public money and resources. go Barry your a cracker, fuck the national parks send the shooters party into the city.
    Just put a fence around the city and put Hopoate on the gate giving the finger.

    Time to move to the mountains buy a still a banjo, some corn, a still and a 69 dodge challenger.

  12. egg permalink
    January 21, 2014 9:31 pm

    I’m not averse to the return of the six o’clock swill.

  13. January 22, 2014 12:43 am

    Its now called happy hour oink

  14. January 22, 2014 2:53 pm

    Kings Cross nightclub owner John Ibrahim tweeted: “Barry O’farrell’s announcement feels like 9/11! I’m in shock.”

    Well of course, the enormity and horror of O’Barrell’s lowdown betrayal of the King’s Cross community could leave thousands dead….
    The offending twit has since removed the tweet 🙄

  15. egg permalink
    January 23, 2014 8:41 am


    ‘Troublemakers arrested for being drunk and disorderly could be sent on a course to boost their self-esteem – at taxpayers’ expense.

    ‘Under the scheme, offenders can be arrested up to five times and still escape court proceedings provided they attend a one-day session designed to help them reflect on their self image.’

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  16. January 28, 2014 7:42 am

    lt seems Mr-Rabbit will be enjoying this `news`,

    abc1 reports that construction is corrupt and paying kickbacks,

    to organized crime that is `linked` to comoncharos bike-bang,

    (yomms wet-dream) cfmeu blamed

  17. January 28, 2014 7:58 am

    Linking together, `outlaw` bike clubs, organized crime, construction, corruption and `unions` is the teabags wet-dream.

    The next step will be teabags claiming `outlaw` unions and criminal working-class are the cause of all the nations problems.

    (yomm will return with his `usual` comments once he has his hands `outside` of his trousers)

  18. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 28, 2014 8:28 am

    Tea bag typically is in denial.

  19. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 28, 2014 8:31 am

    Officials from Australia’s powerful building unions are being bribed by corrupt companies that need their support to win multimillion-dollar contracts.

    The construction industry rackets involve labour hire, traffic management, scaffolding, crane and building companies, several of which are connected to bikies and organised crime figures.

    Damn Murdoch keeps making this stuff up!

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  20. egg permalink
    January 28, 2014 10:37 am

    Seeing aunty and granny going after corruption is a truly uplifting experience.

  21. January 28, 2014 10:58 am

    Wonder if the corrupt developers are members of the Liberal Party 🙄

  22. egg permalink
    January 28, 2014 11:06 am

    Doubtful, but this unraveling must be a joy to the PM who hates union thugs.

    Chinese construction workers, doing major infrastructure in Oz, are unlikely to be corrupted by bikies. Language difficulties.

  23. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 28, 2014 11:14 am

    They probably are Ricky, it would be good if there were some convictions across the board.

    The CFMEU and bikies have a history of alliance. Bikies were used to threaten AWU members during the Westgate Bridge dispute. The AWU had an agreement that the CFMEU didn’t like.

    Rather than use the FWA process, CFMEU used bikies to intimidate people.

    Then we have the friendship between John Setka (State Secretary) and Mick Gatto.

    Apparently it’s all in the interests of the members!

  24. armchair opionator permalink
    January 28, 2014 12:02 pm

    Cheating and bribery by business is acceptable practice here. Its how we beat foreign companies to the contracts. Why isn’t this a story about corrupt business?
    Shouldn’t all kickbacks be declared illegal with people jailed?
    Not just the hated unions.

  25. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 28, 2014 12:28 pm

    Why isn’t this a story about corrupt business?

    You answered that in your first sentence armchair opionator.

    For what it is worth, and, it isn’t really a defense I don’t think, here is what the Union has to say

    Saying that the police haven’t done their job isn’t good enough. The Unions, especially in this day and age where the Liberals are on a constant war footing with them, need to be far better than they are. Granted, it is not easy, especially in an industry like the Building one, which is well known for its dodgey behaviours in the past, but the bar will always be higher for them.

    Mind you, I might need a tin foil hat after my last post on the previous thread I think.

    Shouldn’t all kickbacks be declared illegal with people jailed?

    Who will attend the weddings then?

  26. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 28, 2014 12:38 pm

    I hope there are dozens of prosecutions, and that includes plenty of employers.
    Unions operate across multiple businesses and once an official gets the taste of easy backhanders, they expect it from everyone.

    The relationship between the CFMEU (Const Div) and bikies has been known for years, it’s unsavoury and pollutes all unions with a poor reputation.

    Aren’t the CFMEU the biggest donor to the ALP? Don’t they just about run the WA branch with the MUA?

  27. January 28, 2014 12:44 pm

    “The Melbourne Magistrates Court has heard that there is a matrix of evidence that shows it was former Labor MP Craig Thomson and no-one else who misused union credit cards while he was Health Services Union (HSU) national Secretary….”

  28. January 28, 2014 12:47 pm

    The whole post was going so well for the teabags until,

    ”””””””””””’Industry, union and policing sources all say policing and regulatory agencies have an abysmal record in probing and prosecuting building companies who pay bribes, form illegal cartels and run ”phoenix” companies to avoid paying debts.

    Mr-Rabbit opposed `anti-phoenix-ing` Laws proposed by Joolya`s lot, so he just got caught-up in this too. haha

  29. Neil of Sydney permalink
    January 28, 2014 12:57 pm

    “Thomson was excused from court briefly as he was feeling unwell.”

    I am not surprised.

    I am sure Craig Thomson said during that Laurie Oakes interview that it was someone else who used the credit card. Apparently the evidence says otherwise.

  30. January 28, 2014 1:04 pm

    ”””””’rackets involve labour hire,

    ooooops, the labor-hire fetish was entrenched by the teabags to benefit the billionaires

  31. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 28, 2014 1:04 pm

    there is a matrix of evidence

    Just what is The Matrix?

    although, this line pretty much sums up the entire reporting in this case

    who misused union credit cards

    they at least get it correct down in the story

    the alleged misuse of his union credit card.

    You get the feeling that, with all of this salacious dripping of details, it hasn’t really occurred to many in the msm that they may well all be totally irrelevant should the Judge find in Thomson favour. It is almost as if these charges have been thrown together in such a massive pile in order to facilitate this drip feed. It was when the prosecution threw the hundreds of claims (I mean, an icecream?) that the defense said we’ll just go with the easy defense, there was no misuse as there were no rules The actual outcome might be a fizzer, but the reading of these charges will remain front and center in peoples minds

  32. Walrus permalink
    January 28, 2014 1:12 pm

    “…………it hasn’t really occurred to many in the msm that they may well all be totally irrelevant should the Judge find in Thomson favour.”

    ROFLMAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Walrus permalink
    January 28, 2014 1:29 pm

    And so goes the old joke…………………..

    2 middle aged businessmen sitting beside the pool at a very upmarket swish resort in Queensland.

    They get talking to each other

    Businessman 1 says “ So what sort of business are you in ?”

    Businessman 2 says “Oh…………..I’m in the textile business in Sydney”

    Businessman 1 says “ So you are having a bit of a break ?”

    Businessman 2 says “ Yeah………….but it’s a bit of a forced break. You see my entire business burnt down a few weeks ago and the insurance has just come through”

    Businessman 1 says “ Wow that’s a bit of a coincidence. I’m here on a forced break as well. My business was completely destroyed by a flood and my insurance has also just come through”

    Businessman 2 says “ So………….how do you go about organising a flood ?”

  34. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 28, 2014 2:04 pm

    ROFLMAO !!

    Trial by Media can be such fun, can’t it.

  35. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 28, 2014 2:32 pm

    When Craig made his “comprehensive statement” to the House of Representatives, didn’t he say that he knew who had used his credit card?

    This would seem a reasonable part of his defence

    So, presumably, when the defence starts we’ll get the details of who it was that used his credit card on prostitutes etc!

    (unless he was misleading the HoR, and I’m certain he wouldn’t do that!)

  36. TB Queensland permalink
    January 28, 2014 5:26 pm

    2 middle aged businessmen sitting beside the pool at a very upmarket swish resort in Queensland.

    Yeah, but which one – there are so many upmarket resorts in QLD – and of course the shonky bloke is from Mexico Sydney … typical …

  37. January 28, 2014 5:34 pm

    ‘Yeah, but which one – there are so many upmarket resorts in QLD’

    LOL! 😆

  38. January 28, 2014 5:41 pm

    I find it hard to believe that seemingly intelligent people still nail their colours to the mast of Thompson’s ‘innocence’.

  39. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 28, 2014 9:03 pm

    I find it hard to believe that seemingly intelligent people are making the assumption of guilt from an ongoing court case, one where a key witness for the prosecution has now been exposed as having lied several times on national television in order to try to sway peoples opinion on the matter.

    I don’t know if he is innocent or guilty, he is obviously one of the two. The media, and much of the electorate, it seems, have decided already. I wonder if the Judge will agree with them?

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