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Casula pub stoush continues

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In Sydney, the Casula community’s long-running struggle to prevent a large late trading pokie pub being developed on their doorstep has taken another turn. The pub chain has allegedly sought to influence the nearby local public school community’s opposition with favours. GrogWatch has previously reported on the Casula community’s ‘David and Goliath’ struggle to prevent the problematic pokie pub proposal from eventuating. Casula locals remain particularly concerned that the pub chain also manages the Macarthur Tavern — a venue infamous…

WA secondary supply law goes to Parliament

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It’s taken a while, but 10 months after the WA government announced they were going to table Secondary Supply laws, a bill has finally been brought to Parliament. If passed…

Video: Dame Elisabeth Murdoch 2015 Winter Conversation

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In July, the Australian Drug Foundation hosted their first ever ‘winter conversation’, a panel discussion bringing together a broad range of community voices to discuss Australia’s drinking culture. Listen to…

An alcohol-free Oktoberfest?

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Okay, while not as dramatic a trend as this headline might suggest, there is a growing demand for low-alcohol and alcohol-free beers in Germany. Germany is a country well known…

Reader response: Talk to the parents, too

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In response to our lead story last week on exposing kids to alcohol advertising, we received a challenging, but very pertinent letter from Sue. We re-publish it in full below…

Event: 20 skills to build resilience

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Dr. Michael Ungar is speaking in Melbourne (30 September) and Brisbane (6 October) on the subject of building resilience into the environments of young people with complex needs. The workshop…

Exposing kids to booze: 26,000 ads a year

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Would you support a change that would instantly halve children’s exposure to televised alcohol ads? New research has found that by simply changing a couple of regulations so that alcohol…

Alcohol-related ambulance attendances soar

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This week, Turning Point released ongoing research as part of their Ambo Project. The project monitors trends in alcohol- and drug-related ambulance attendances in Victoria, and last year’s numbers are eye-opening. In Melbourne,…

Newcastle Model: are the critics correct?

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Burdened with the embarassment of having the highest rate of alcohol-fuelled violence in NSW a decade ago, the community of Newcastle took bold, successful steps to reclaim their streets and…

Successful Sydney liquor accords

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GrogWatch follower Julia sent us a photo of one of the paper bags she was given while shopping in an Eastern Sydney suburb over the weekend. The paper bag looks…