The big question is: what compels young people to get drunk?

January 25, 2014 by  
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SMH Letters


January 24, 2014

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Welcome news: Ralph and Kathy Kelly, parents of Thomas Kelly were surprised and grateful to hear of the government's new laws to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence.

Welcome news: Ralph and Kathy Kelly, parents of Thomas Kelly were surprised and grateful to hear of the government’s new laws to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence. Photo: Ben Rushton

If doctors, psychologists and other groups succeed in convincing the Prime Minister to call a summit to tackle alcohol-related violence they need to come up with an answer to the basic question – why (”Push for national summit on violence”, January 23)?

Why do so many young people today feel the need to write themselves off night after night? Is it boredom, or a lack of any goals to strive for? Is it a lack of physical activities (gyms, youth clubs, boot camps) where they can expend some of that pent-up energy and testosterone? Is it simply a lack of parental guidance resulting in a lack of self-esteem? Why do they feel they can only have a good time when they get blind drunk? What are they seeking? What are they trying to hide from?

Clearly, we have failed to give a whole generation any sense of purpose, pride or self-respect.

John Clark Burradoo

If John Ibrahim and the Australian Hotels Association don’t like it, you’re on the right track (”Nightclub baron Ibrahim says laws won’t make streets safer”, January 23). Keep going, Barry O’Farrell.

Chris McCarthy Blackheath

On the reporting of ”street violence” in Thursday’s Herald, I was surprised by the choice of opinions presented that failed to truly encapsulate the seriousness and scope of this debate (”Now we’re the ones being victimised, say angry hoteliers”, January 23). Why is it that DJs, promoters, bar staff and ”nightclub tsar” John Ibrahim are given centre stage in this battle with Barry O’Farrell and lawyers?

Unsurprisingly these parties pioneer their self-interests – on the one hand, economic gain and security; on the other, political gain and security. Where are the voices of the parents, families, friends, doctors, those who have experienced most prominently the devastation of drunken violence, attending their sons’ funerals or operating on bashed victims?

The true impact of this ”epidemic” is not on the streets or in parliaments, but in the home. This is to where the community should turn its ear and listen.

Alex Mascarenhas Manly Vale

There is no longer a sense of absolute safety and security in this city. The lawyers find fault with draconian mandatory sentencing but they do not provide much help with reducing aggression in our society (”Legal eagles punch holes in mandatory sentence plan”, January 23).

Inequality, disadvantage, dependence on alcohol, drug use, physical assault, sexual exploitation and organised crime are signs of a society that is in decline. No amount of legislation will cure these issues.

One answer is social education in the home and reinforced by the school. Forget about NAPLAN, Gonski, matching Finland in reading or beating Singapore at mathematics when our civics and citizenship are in decline. We will only benefit future generations when we establish agreed social, ethical and behavioural standards.

After a fundamental rethink of where we are heading as a nation, we can ask our legal eagles such as Michael McHugh, SC (Letters, January 23) to have a fresh look at law and disorder.

James Athanasou Maroubra

As young Australians we need to realise we alone have the power to change our binge drinking culture. We need to change our mindsets, and those of future generations, in order to avoid these headlines, this amount and level of seriousness of alcohol-related violence, these ugly scenes in city streets.

Coming home after recently travelling I commented to a friend how different and nice it was going out in Spain: casual, fun, cheaper, free tapas with your drink. She joked: ”But then you don’t get as drunk.” Is that a bad thing? Is getting drunk really that fun?

Advertising and media can help influence this change. If something as effective as the anti-smoking campaigns and little-finger dangerous-driving campaigns can be created, maybe things will start changing. However, the best change will be slow, not headline-grabbing or election-winning.

Emma Macintosh Willoughby

Planning blunders show why all must have a say

Elizabeth Farrelly is spot on (”Planning to fail: clout lives at big end of town”, January 23). Trust is the issue. It is impossible to support measures that remove the rights of members of the community to have a say in what happens to their neighbourhood when we have examples of appallingly bad planning right under our noses.

The Packer gambling hotel is a case in point. We had a perfectly reasonable master plan for Barangaroo, with a modest hotel on a pier and lots of green and community space. This plan sited the tall buildings to the south and an interesting shoreline was developed with bays to compensate for the water space taken up by the hotel. This plan was extensively reviewed and discussed and, while not accepted by everyone, was a reasonable result.

Were we consulted about the Packer thing? No, it is being foisted on us in the worst of all possible locations – to the north of the approved developments on land set aside for community use. This is very bad planning, with zero consultation.

The same thing has happened at Darling Harbour. Did we get consulted “up front” on this redevelopment? No, we were presented with a fait accompli. The concept was developed by Infrastructure NSW, went to tender, and the community was “consulted” on detailed plans, to little or no effect. Having won the tender, Darling Harbour Live is now obliged to deliver the government’s vision – not the community’s.

How can we trust the government to deliver on its promise to return planning power to the people when it flagrantly ignores its own rhetoric on major projects on public land?

Elizabeth Elenius Pyrmont

Letters: right-hand page

A review of our welfare system is required, but abolishing negative gearing is not a part of the answer. It’s too entrenched in our society and economy (”Entitlement culture must be buried, with fairness to all”, January 23).

My wife and I are teachers. We have three properties with a total value of about $900,000. We owe about $650,000 on them, and we are paying a mortgage on our own home. If negative gearing were cut, we would have to sell. We could not afford the payments. This would be true for many small investors.

There is already a shortage of rental properties. This would only make it worse. Yes, this would drop the price of property for first-home buyers, but those who cannot afford to buy a home will be the ones hit hardest, because their rents will increase.

We do not put money into super; these properties are our super. We bought them so we would not be a burden on society in our retirement. I agree negative gearing needs to be looked at, but it cannot be abolished altogether. It should be means tested. Limits to the amount that can be negatively geared should also be applied.

Glenn Krilich Newport

CPI should quit smokes

Could someone please explain why the consumer price index still includes the cost of cigarettes (”Inflation rise dampens hope of rate cuts”, January 23)?

Why should wages or even pensions be increased because of price rises for this most unsocial and unhealthy product?

Roger Knight Pymble

No chance with Shorten

Bill Shorten has described Tony Abbott as a one-term prime minister (”Tony Abbott rebukes ‘cocky’ Bill Shorten over one-term PM comment”,, January 22). The truth is that, despite the Prime Minister’s incompetence, the Labor Party will not win government while Mr Shorten leads it.

His performance so far, with the Coalition in disarray on so many fronts, has been pitiful, and he continues to carry the baggage of deceit. Put bluntly, he is extremely unpopular. Labor’s only chance of returning to government is to ensure he is a short-term opposition leader. Will anybody have the courage to challenge him or will the fear of instability, originally generated by him, work in his favour?

Bert Candy Lemon Tree Passage

Go easy on neighbours, or Corby might pay

Let’s stop upsetting the Indonesians. It might affect convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby’s parole application (”Coming soon, the battle for Corby interview”, January 23).

Danny Mackay Dungog

Won’t any money received by Schapelle Corby be a result of her being convicted of a crime, and therefore won’t laws covering the proceeds of crime kick in? The Commonwealth threatened David Hicks with that legislation.

Jim Hamilton Kirrawee

Border games could go over the edge

Indonesia is huffing and puffing about the violation of its territory by Australian naval ships, so it’s sending naval vessels to the sea border (”PM prods Indonesia over boat turnbacks”, January 23).

Using their inaccurate navigation devices, how will the Indonesians be sure when a violation is occurring? If they decide a violation is occurring, what will they do then? Will they fire on the Australian navy? Perhaps they will attempt to cut tow ropes between Australian naval vessels and asylum-seeker boats.

Or are they going to turn back the asylum-seeker boats that have already been sent north by the Australian navy? Will Australian and Indonesia then engage in a game of north-south ping-pong with the asylum seeker boats and asylum-seeker lives?

Geoff Black Caves Beach

It is unbelievable that our PM talks about asylum seekers as though they are an invading army. If he is seeking to inflame racist sentiments, he will succeed. As for those of us who understand our obligations under United Nations conventions and international treaties, he is looking increasingly foolish and behaving with his accustomed belligerence.

Eva Johnstone Marrickville

Ship them to Indonesia against that country’s wishes, or fly them to Malaysia with that country’s acquiescence. And we’re the clever country country, you say.

Roger Plummer Avoca Beach

So the party that added ”children overboard” to the refugee debate when last in power is offended by unfounded and unproven allegations (”Burn claims baseless: Navy chief”, January 23).

Brenton McGeachie Queanbeyan West

Imagination: priceless

If I were a rich man – a really, really rich man – I wold buy each of my kids a country, not a measly mansion (”Blanchett joins fad for kippers, buying sons a harbour unit”, January 23). Then they could become lords of their own domains. As it is, I got them an education, which means they are lords of their own imaginations.

Keith Russell Mayfield West

Points per grunt would silence players

The grunting disease in women’s tennis is reaching epidemic proportions. It is a recent phenomenon and is being adopted by more female players. How come none of the men does it? The practice is irritating to spectators, officials and television viewers. Its aim is to rattle opponents and is another form of gamesmanship.

Tennis authorities should stamp it out forthwith. Penalise the grunters one point a game. That would stamp out the odious practice overnight.

Michael Wilson St Ives

I see players have been variously ”dumped out”, ”bundled out”, ”ousted” , ”sent packing” or have ”crashed out” of the Australian Tennis Open. In more placid times, players were just defeated. No wonder the television ratings are dropping, with such violence apparent.

Bernie Bourke Ourimbah

Time to dump booked rubbish collections

My local Auburn City Council until recently had six monthly clean-ups of non-domestic rubbish. For a period of about three days the suburbs looked like garbage tips. Changes have removed the six-monthly collections and replaced it with four pre-booked collections for ratepayers. Already the area looks like a garbage tip all the time – another “great idea” with unintended consequences.

John Donnellan Berala

Batteries a hard cell

I haven’t tried to work out the economics of storing electricity from solar panels (“Letters, January 23), but some key numbers are that a car battery has a capacity of about 120 amp hours (1.44 kilowatt hours) and on average a household of three in NSW buys about 18 kilowatt hours a day. A simple division gives a figure of 8 per cent for the battery’s contribution. It is much more complex than this, but the example demonstrates why the electricity industry does not use batteries to store power.

Michael Walsh West Ryde

Add a dash of humour when naming a pet

Regarding dogs’ names (Letters, January 23), we had beagles, Basil and Chives. My full name is Rosemary. When asked the husband’s name when talking about the herb family, I always answered ”Dill”. Most people appreciated the humour. The husband did, too, mostly.

Rose Panidis Graceville (Qld)

Speaking on behalf of Brie, our wiry, non-yapping fox terrier cross (owner classified as Bearded Balmain Terrier), we strongly object to Milton Battaglini’s gross generalisation (Letters, January 23). Better an honest ”bitsa” rescued from the pound than the genetically challenged product of a puppy factory. Woof!

Tim Parker (and Brie) Balmain.

My dog is named Dog. I haven’t given him a human name, because he’s not human. Neither has he been taught to ”shake”. If I tried to force him to say hello like a human, he might insist that I adopt the canine method instead.

Lewis Winders Sheffield (Tas)

We once had a chook called dinner. And it was.

Geoff Eagar Toowoon Bay

Continental comparison

The French President’s imbroglio (Letters, January 23) reminds me of the subtle adage: ”The French think that they are good lovers. But the Italians know they are.”

Pasquale Vartuli Wahroonga


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