Maybe the problem is not Kings Cross
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Since the terrible death of Thomas Kelly early last week Sydney has been caught up in an emotional debate about alcohol, street violence, Kings Cross, drug use in the area, gym junkies, late-night transport, licensing laws and policing.
And then this morning outside court a supporter of Thomas’s accused killer Kieran Loveridge allegedly responded to the attention of the media scrum by pushing a Channel Nine camera man to the ground. According to news reports the camera man was still barely conscious 20 minutes later when he was loaded into an ambulance.
While the community hand wringing over societal issues such as the myriad raised in the first par has its place, if the reports about this morning’s events outside court are true perhaps we’re all being a bit too “big picture” about violence.
Putting the responsibility for public safety onto CCTV cameras and bar staff and taxi drivers and City Counsellors makes everyone feel like the community is doing something.
But no amount of planning and surveillance and four-day inventories of licensed premises is going to change the fact that even in broad daylight some people are going to see violence as the answer.
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