By Ian Neubauer
The Alliance against Alcohol-Related Violence, a joining of key health and welfare groups that will pressure State and Federal Governments to take more action against alcohol-related related violence, was launched today.
Roy Morgan was commissioned by the alliance to produce research that shows 20 per cent of Australians have been affected or know someone affected by alcohol-fuelled violence.
Strategies put forward by the alliance include taxing alcohol manufacturers according to the percentage of alcohol contained in their products, and a reduction in the number of licensed premises as well as their trading hours.
The alliance has called for the issue to receive paramount attention at this weekend’s 2020 Summit. Convened by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the summit will bring together 1000 prominent Australians to debate and develop long-term challenges confronting the nation.
The alliance comprises of the Australian National Council of Drugs, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, The Salvation Army, the Mental Health Council of Australia, Randwick City Council, St Vincents Hospital Emergency Medicine Department, Turning Point and other public stakeholders.