The root of the issue of the lock out laws

Mary Hoang, Founder and Head Psychologist at The indigo project has something to say to Mike Baird.

Not just a post to be shared on Facebook, this letter has been sent to Mike Baird and submitted to the Independent Liquor Law Review in support of human freedom and liberties. In response to the lock-out laws, there is a need to fix the issue of violence at the root of the problem rather than just shutting down our city. In reality, the residents of Sydney that are mostly affected by the lock-out laws are law-abiding adults. It’s not a case of putting the kids to bed early as they’re getting a bit rowdy. Let us think for ourselves and foster a collaborative community environment. People, connecting with people and becoming more self-aware. Promoting pro-social behaviours and educating our society about responsible behaviours, not restricting anything and everything from happening. What good can come from that?

To Mike Baird,

With all due respect, I don’t agree with your policy regarding the enforcement of the lock-out laws.

I am a small business owner in Surry Hills and psychologist and believe people should be able to take responsibility for their own actions – and education, rather than a dictatorial stance to reducing alcohol fueled violence. These laws, even if they curb violence in some areas (most likely due to less foot traffic), are more about punishing the majority of law-abiding citizens who are contributing to the diversity of Sydney’s night life. Let us think for ourselves and prevent alcohol fueled violence by teaching our society about responsible behaviour, how to live in a collaborative community; working to change values and promoting pro-social behaviour. We can do a lot to increase self-awareness in our community. This work is more about a preventative approach and will be much more beneficial in the long run to fix issues in society and I would be more than happy to create and facilitate campaigns and programs to do so. I would love to know your thoughts on a preventative campaign towards working on the root cause of the issue of violence, or whether you agree this is a good strategy. You would only need to speak to a few psychologists to understand human behaviour enough to understand the flaws in this law.

The fact that certain venues (the Casino and certain venues with poker machines) are exempt makes this law flawed and open to criticism. As a former problem gambling counsellor, I have seen the effects of gambling to be a larger cost to society and families. How would you respond to this?

I hope that you can be mindful of looking at the real statistics and taking a preventative approach to help shift values and attitudes in our community.

That would make much more sense.

Warm regards,

Mary Hoang

For those that would like to have their say, and not just complain about it on social media, please write a short rational and unemotional response about how you have been affected by the lock outs to:

It’s about doing SOMETHING, it’s about the funneling our outrage in a more direct manner than having it diluted on FB.

Peace x