ZERO TOLERANCE ON STREET DRINKING
I have in principle nothing against the police promising a zero tolerance on street drinking on Australia Day, but fear it will be as successful as the war on terrorism. The simple fact is that it will be very selective targeting because police don’t have the numbers to enforce a zero tolerance, so if you are in the wrong spot you will get caught while thousands of others will get off scott free.
Since we are all equal under the law we should also be asking what the police will be doing about street drinking in other parts of the city and state. Will people who have a quiet drink on beaches at Esperance, Albany, Geraldton, etc. also be fined, or are the city slickers being discriminated against?
The fact of the matter is that we need community outrage to stop yobbos and hoons and make it socially unacceptable for them to behave in an anti-social way. Zero tolerance and new laws are not going to have enough impact to create change, without the strong support of the majority of the mainly well behaved community.
Fremantle Greens MP Adele Carles is right that we should be allowed to have a quiet drink to celebrate special occasions. It is wrong to punish decent citizens for the behaviour of a few idiots. It is like taking my license off me because my neighbour engages in drink driving.