If anything positive can come from David Hookes’ death, it’s that authorities might finally stop turning a blind eye to the fact that the entertainment and security industries are controlled by organised criminals, drug dealers and violent thugs.

Push To Rein In Bouncers

“The security staff at nightclubs and hotels are there to keep the peace, aren’t they?” the Treasurer said yesterday morning on Melbourne’s 3AW, where Hookes, 48, had worked as a sports show host.

No, they are predominantly there to enforce male-female ratios, dress codes, and to modify the behaviour of patrons through threat of violence. And let’s not forget selling drugs:

With each pill worth about $35 and each bouncer earning about $20 an hour, it was clear the drugs were not a business on the side – they were the business.

The bouncers were told they had a green light: their dealing was implicitly approved by their bosses and the venue and no opposition dealers would be allowed into the club.

What sort of people can you expect to run into while waiting in line at your local pub? Here’s an example:

Bikie gangs are well schooled in this economic equation and their roles in the entertainment scene are entrenched. A bikie gang member provides security at one of Perth’s best-known hotels. He does so without question from management, despite the fact a simple glance at his gang tattoos give away his allegiance.

Then there’s the security figures with intimate inside knowledge of police tactics and operations because they used to wear the blue uniform.

Several former police – who have left under corruption clouds of varying thickness – are increasingly involved in the security game and use their connections to good effect.

Why is it such surprise to people that most hotels are run by corrupt ex-cops or organised crime syndicates? It shouldn’t be. The liquor licence process is so restrictive and convoluted that being corrupt is a prerequisite to getting one.

Do the authorities think that people LIKE frequenting hotels run by murderers and thieves? Of course we don’t. The problem is that honest people can’t get hold of a liquor licence in the city. There really isn’t much choice if you want to hit the town.

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