Cole Miller died last month after being king hit in Fortitude Valley.
Cole Miller died last month after being king hit in Fortitude Valley. Photo: Facebook

Lazarus to push for inquiry into alcohol fuelled violence

INDEPENDENT senator Glenn Lazarus is calling for a Senate Inquiry as part of a pledge to reduce the "scourge" of alcohol fuelled violence, in the wake of a fatal coward punch attack on Brisbane's Cole Miller.

"I am determined to do something about the scourge of alcohol fuelled violence which is impacting so many people and so many communities across Australia," Senator Glenn Lazarus said yesterday.

"Only a few weeks ago, we lost a wonderful young man in Brisbane by the name of Col Miller, as a result of an alleged one punch attack.

"It seems as though every week we are seeing sickening cases of people being killed or permanently injured as a result of non-provoked alcohol fuelled attacks."

Senator Lazarus said he has personally experienced the horror of alcohol fuelled violence.

"I received a phone call in the dead of night a few months ago from a hospital," he said.

"My youngest son had been glassed from behind.

While his son is on the mend, Senator Lazarus is determined an inquiry must investigate the need for a national strategy, and will bring a motion before the Senate on Wednesday.

"The Inquiry will look into the need for a national approach, lock out laws and service of alcohol, industry training, penalties and bail for one punch perpetrators, awareness and education, policing, funding, community expectations and consistency across all states and territories," he said.

"The people of Australia have had enough and they want action.

"They are fed up watching coward punchers walk free and they want the Government to start taking a more proactive approach to reducing alcohol fuelled violence across the country."

He said states were making efforts to fight alcohol fuelled violence, but the issue demanded national unity.

"Clearly, as a nation, the Federal Government needs to show leadership and develop in partnership with all states and territories a national strategy to address the issue in a consistent and comprehensive manner," he said.

If successful, the Inquiry will be undertaken by the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee, chaired by Senator Lazarus.

"Everyone deserves the right to enjoy their city and their social life in safety and not have to worry about being hurt while out at night," he said.


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