Although her police and ambulance officers and A & E staff are getting bashed most nights by the alcohol afflicted, NSW Premier Kristina Keneally recently said “wowsers” to Scott Weber, the NSW Police Union, Ambulance Paramedics and their colleagues, the Doctors, Nurses and Security Staff at our Accident and Emergency Departments.
As Scott rightly pointed out in his Punch Article, Who are you calling a wowser Kristina?:
The facts speak for themselves.
Alcohol-related violent incidents are growing by over 6 per cent a year;
The number of paramedics assaulted a year has increased by over 60 per cent since 2006-07;
There were 2,855 assaults against police in NSW; And it’s estimated that 70 per cent of these assaults against police were alcohol-related.
But Premier Keneally cannot see these statistics, hear the cries of the victims nor speak ill of the perpetrators – Big Liquor.
Getting BAC Testing into the survey options list
An interesting survey at Adelaide Now.
5.3% doesn’t look much, but, some of our now successful political parties and politicians started with less…
Democracy Doesn’t Come Cheap!
I suggest you read Norman Thompson’s article on NSW party political funding in New Matilda.
A Quote for those too busy to click:
In the past 10 years while Labor has been in power, the AHA and hotels companies have contributed over $4.5 million to the NSW ALP. The Coalition only managed to obtain a little over $2 million during this period.
Every alcohol dollar given to Labor, Liberals and others in NSW was based on Addiction and or Binge Drinking. That’s the rub. That’s why funding of political parties by the purveyors of addictive substances is so wrought with moral dilemmas. Have no doubt, the money received was based to a large degree on the grief of addicts and their families and the strangers they hit, hurt, killed or injured.
Spending $450 k a year on most things can go a long way to achieving your aims.
What’s this got to do with Pedestrian 08?
It’s important to realise the connections between Big Liquor, Advertising, Sponsorship, Media Involvement, Politicians and political parties and the fact that laws and regulations are written to INCREASE binge drinking. Thereby creating a greater need for pedestrian 08.