THE number of liquor licensing prosecutions brought after the former premier Nathan Rees’s crackdown on binge drinking has declined since September, falling sharply after the first two months of operations.But inspectors say it is a sign of the success they are having with the most violent venues.The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing found 10 licensed premises in breach after inspections in July. Eleven were found to be in breach in August, but only five in September, three each in October and November, and one each in December and January. The numbers rose slightly in February to four and in March to seven.Inspectors prosecuted 47 alleged breaches from July to March, including the World Bar in Kings Cross, the Mean Fiddler at Rouse Hill, the Ivanhoe Hotel in Manly and the Bristol Arms Retro Tavern in the city.The revelations follow a Herald report that the office had begun doing compliance audits by phone and had stripped inspectors of the power to order licensees to change their practices.The NSW Police Association vice-president, Scott Weber, said the Keneally government was putting the profits of publicans before public interest and called for a return to regular random on-site checks.”The [report] confirms what operational police have reported from the field – that OLGR inspectors are nowhere to be seen.”Ms Keneally has continually parroted the ‘personal responsibility’ line of the Australian Hotels Association. Who ordered the OLGR to wind back its compliance activities and why? Who is pulling the strings?”A licensing lawyer, David Sylvester, who successfully fought prosecutions against the Tea Gardens Hotel and the Gaslight Inn, said inexperienced inspectors had not even spoken to patrons they claimed were intoxicated.But a spokesman for the office said intensive case management of high-risk venues, where the office focuses its efforts, had improved compliance and on-site inspections had not decreased.
Nanjing Night Net