After the fireworks

Some revellers may have already received an interesting lesson about how the Charter operates.

Two months ago, parliament proposed a law allowing police in designated areas to ban suspected violent people from those areas for up to 24 hours.. The bill said that those areas (to be designated by the director of liquor licensing, in consultation with the police commissioner) must contain a licensed venue that’s been affected by alcohol-fueled violence. But, as the Parliament’s scrutiny committee noticed, the areas could be as big as the director wanted. Parliament passed the law and the areas were soon designated, including the entire Melbourne CBD & surrounding precincts (by virtue of Queen St’s and the casino’s troubled nightclubs.)

I wonder if there was a difference between the police’s exercise of their new banning powers before the fireworks and after?

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