In view of the considerable discussion around 24 hour trading in alcohol and the associated crime and public order issues, particularly around Hindley Street, the Flinders Law School Criminal Justice Unit have organised a public forum to debate the issue.
There is an enormous social cost associated with 24/7 opening hours for drinking establishments. Studies have concluded that extended alcohol trading hours produces social harms. This includes public intoxication and disorderly conduct, higher rates of assaults, imprinted driving offences, road crashes, and emergency department attendances. A good deal of this harm simply would not exist in the absence of concentrated 24/7 "hot spot" drinking. There are straightforward policy options that might address this problem, but there are also a variety of stakeholders whose interests may differ.
The event will include a 60 minute panel discussion, followed by a question and answer section with the event attendees.
Panel discussion will be facilitated by Professor David Bamford - Dean Flinders Law School consist of: