Archive for March 1, 2004

The Scarborough Situation

March 1, 2004

Note: This is repasted from the comments on the previous post, with a few corrections and clarifications.

The so-called “Scarborough Riots” are actually just a large group of pissheads being kicked out of The Lookout* at 3am and hanging around Peters-By-The-Sea fighting each other.

A situation that could be easily solved by extending the trading hours at Scarborough to the point where there isn’t a closing time crush. It is a tourist precinct, after all.

For the non-locals, Perth has 3 main nightlife areas. Northbridge is the largest, but Fremantle has become more popular in recent times too. Scarborough is the smallest of the 3, and has no bars or clubs that open later than 3am. The reason these riots happens in Scarborough, and not Northbridge or Fremantle, is that there’s nowhere else to go when the pubs shut at 3am.

Club Atlantis used to cater to this by opening until 6am, but the people at Radisson did a deal with the liquor licensing board when The Lookout was renovated: Extend The Lookout’s licence until 3am, and we’ll voluntarily hand in the Club A late licence.

Now what you’ve got is one gigantic pub that holds 2000 (primarily teenaged) patrons and kicks them all out at the same time every Friday night. The nearest late licence club is in Northbridge, a $20 cab fare away.

It’s a recipe for disaster and just another example of how WA’s medieval licencing laws create more problems than they are purported to solve.

* The Lookout, Club Atlantis and The Stamford Arms are the 3 bars owned and run by the Rendezvous Observation City Hotel.

The Kids Are All White

March 1, 2004

The numbers don’t add up. Could this be an example of systematic racial discrimination by Australian Police?

This weekend in Perth:

POLICE were injured and nine people arrested when gatecrashers invaded an 18th birthday party in Kalamunda.

In one of the most violent nights in Perth this summer, police in Scarborough also broke up a series of brawls in another wild night at the beach trouble spot.

I missed another riot? I have to stop leaving the pub so early. That’s twice in 3 months!

Almost 30 police in riot gear were pelted with bottles and rocks when they tackled a drunken mob of up to 120 youths in Coral Way, Kalamunda, just before midnight on Friday.

Police said 11 officers suffered minor injuries after being struck by projectiles, including rocks ripped from gardens.

Nine people, including eight juveniles, were charged with offences including escaping legal custody and assaulting police.

More charges were expected to be laid after police viewed video footage of the riot.

Last weekend in Sydney:

Calm has returned to the inner Sydney streets of Redfern after a night of rioting during which more than 50 police were injured.

Four people were taken into custody after anger erupted at the death of 17-year-old Aborigine Thomas Hickey, who was impaled through the neck on a fence on Saturday morning.

Quick calculation of the ratios here…

Arrests per police injured:

Kalamunda: 9 arrests, 11 injuries = 82%
Redfern: 4 arrests, 50 injuries = 8%

Conclusion: Police are 10 times more likely to arrest misbehaving youths if they are white.

I report, you decide!