PM Abbott says to get tough on ‘coward punches’: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he is appalled by the recent rise in alcohol-fuelled violence in Sydney and wants the law to get tough with “brutal people” who pick on the innocent, according to reports.
The prime minister made the comments to Macquarie Radio, slamming the spate of recent attacks as “utterly cowardly”.
The latest victim is 18-year-old Daniel Christie, who has been in critical condition in the hospital since he was attacked on New Year’s Eve in Sydney’s notorious nightclub district of Kings Cross.
Thomas Kelly, another 18-year-old, died after suffering an unprovoked attack in the same area in 2012.
The New South Wales Government is feeling the pressure to crack down on the alcohol-related violence.
Mr. Abbott told Macquarie Radio: “I am appalled by what seems to be happening in certain trouble spots here in this great city of ours.
“I think we’ve got essentially two problems; the first problem is the binge-drinking culture that seems to have become quite prevalent amongst youngsters in the last couple of decades.
“The second problem, and this is a truly insidious thing – this rise of the disturbed individual who goes out not looking for a fight, but looking for a victim.
“And all of these king hits – or we’re now calling them ‘coward punches’ – all these acts of gratuitous violence are unprovoked.”
He slammed the perpetrators as “brutal people” who pick on innocents, according to reports.
“This is a vicious, horrible change,” said the prime minister.
“I think really, the police, the courts, the judges ought to absolutely throw the book at people who perpetrate this kind of gratuitous unprovoked violence.”