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‘A craven act’: New bottle shop opening hours could wreak havoc

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Takeaway alcohol sales will be extended until midnight across the state from Tuesday, as the NSW government walks back controversial lockout laws.

The decision has been heavily criticised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and other safety advocates, who say rural and regional areas will be hit hardest.

RACS National Trauma Committee Chair Dr John Crozier describes the repeal as “a craven act by this government”.

“Many are probably not aware that the only whole-of-state measure introduced in February of 2014 in NSW was a restriction of takeaway sales to 10pm, and that one whole-of-state measure produced an 8.4 per cent reduction in domestic and non-domestic assault rates.”

Dr Crozier believes the decision to extend trading hours state-wide was made without consulting women’s safety advocates.

“We’re speaking particularly on behalf of the kids and the significant others who lie in fear, awaiting the inebriated other coming home.”

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