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To contain student drinking to certain areas would infringe
their right to free assembly in addition to being
discriminatory. Why should certain citizens be able to drink
in the Octagon but not others? Bar owners would oppose such a
move due to lost revenue. And how could it be enforced?
Maybe the answer is a proactive approach. Provide
areas/events, where entry/exit can be controlled, behaviour
is monitored and intoxicated people are detained until
Such an approach is already used in certain places around New
Zealand for New Year's celebrations. Why not adapt and expand
the concept for students?
Is there any evidence that students are disproportionately
responsible for violence?
Regardless of that, this would amount to bizarre targeting of
a whole group, most of whom will be non-violent. What about
students who don't live in the North End?
A policy like this would have so many anomalies it would be
unworkable - and would be a gross restriction on civil
liberties for one group.
Would it only apply during term time? What about part
I don't think Dunedin is ready for a walled community in the
North End where all students have to live and drink. Nor
having drink police enforcing no student drinking anywhere
And why target students? Should retired people be contained
in Mosgiel? Should beneficiaries be contained in South
[Note: This is a goal targeted by supporters of a new
student bar, not a policy - Ed]
Students used to have pubs in North Dunedin but the
university bought them out and shut them down. What makes
anyone think that another would not also end up the same way?
The university along with council are doing their best to
stamp out any fun the students come here for.
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