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‘Dangerous virtue signalling’: Police union fury at public drunkenness laws putting ‘the cart before the horse’ – The Age

The family of late Yorta Yorta woman Tanya Day has welcomed impending moves to decriminalising public drunkenness, but the powerful police union is furious at what…

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“For decades police have fought to remove alcohol-fuelled violence from our streets. We cannot compromise on this work by making rash decisions.”
The government’s plans have been welcomed by Ms Day’s family but there are fears that if drunken people are not taken into custody they could instead end up in already overstretched hospitals.
“Emergency departments are not good places for these people and we are already overwhelmed with such issues,” said Mya Cubitt, Victorian chair of the Australasian…

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