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Banning orders won’t solve alcohol-fuelled violence – but they can be part of the solution

Renee Zahnow and colleagues write in The Conversation (9.3.17) about how ‘banning orders’, as part of a suite of safety and responsible drinking measures, can encourage personal responsibility and demonstrate that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

‘The majority of initiatives introduced to tackle alcohol-related violence in Australia involve limiting alcohol service through licensing, responsible service laws, last-drinks laws, and lockouts.

‘The option to ban people from drinking in specific premises has always rested with operators and different states’ liquor licensing laws. But several states currently use police banning orders, which focus on offending patrons. Are these the answer to curbing alcohol-fuelled violence?’

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