Councilor criticizes Australia Day ban on alcoholic beverages: ‘The madness of the Nanny State’

A councilor has criticized Sydney council’s decision to ban alcohol from beaches and parks on Australia Day, saying the “silly” move infringes on local liberties.

The Northern Beaches Council voted this week to impose a temporary 24-hour ban on alcoholic beverages on the sand area of ​​all beaches and in parks and reserves within the local government area from 6 a.m. Jan. 6 a.m. on January 27. It is understood that the restriction has been implemented every year since at least 2017.

During an interview with 2GB’s Joe Hildebrand on Thursday morning, Liberal councilor Rory Amon criticized the move, calling it a “nanny state problem gone too far”.

Bathers in the sand at Sydney's Mona Vale beach and Liberal councilor Rory Amon.

Liberal councilor Rory Amon says banning alcohol from Sydney’s northern beaches on Australia Day is “nanny state madness”. Source: AAP/Facebook

“From where I’m standing in the water on our beaches trying to enjoy a beer, what it really looks like to me is a bit of nanny state madness,” he told Hildebrand, who said the decision appeared to be “extraordinarily un-Australian”. . Things to Do”.

“The theory says that on Australia Day there are more people drinking, therefore there is a high risk. Well, Joe, we don’t just ban things because there’s a risk, what we do is punish those who have broken the rules or are misbehaving. and we shouldn’t let the actions of one rude person ruin the experience for everyone else.

“Just because it’s wet we don’t ban cars on the road, even though it’s riskier, and in the same way on Australia Day, just because there’s a higher risk of anti-social behavior that doesn’t mean we should ban [booze].”

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Mr. Amon said the problem arises every year because police from the Northern Beaches Area Police Command request the powers and the council complies.

“But I take the point of view that we approach these problems with common sense, one problem at a time, and in this case there is simply no problem, so what are we trying to fix? It’s a simple matter of going too far,” he told 2GB.

People want to enjoy their freedoms, says councilor

The councilman said the alcohol ban debate is not about glorifying alcohol consumption, but is instead focused on “maximizing the freedom of each individual.”

“We shouldn’t take people’s abilities to do things because a person might misbehave, we should be tough on those who do the wrong thing and let everyone else who wants to enjoy doing the right thing do it,” he said.

Images uploaded to social networks appear to show rubbish left behind by bathers.

Tourists came under fire earlier this year for leaving litter strewn across Gordon’s Bay after Australia Day celebrations. Source: Reddit

“We are so over governed, so over regulated. We have just come out of lockdowns and restricted freedoms and all people want is to enjoy their freedoms more, not less.

On Tuesday, the Northern Beaches Council also voted in favor of a 24-hour alcohol ban at Rowland Reserve Bayview on New Year’s Eve. The area is a popular place for families to gather to watch the fireworks.

“The police believe that this initiative will have a positive effect on the local community and will reduce the anti-social behavior that often occurs with the consumption of alcohol in these areas,” says a letter from the police force included in the council’s agenda.

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