Drugs!! “You can see it in their eyes”: Fraunfelder.

“I see STONED people”

Albury city councilor Arthur Fraunfelder (above) has claimed “around half” of late night patrons in Dean Street are effected by drugs and that this was the real reason for late night violence on the strip.

“You can see it in their eyes” he claimed.

Now I’d hardly be foolish enough to deny that drugs are a serious problem, of course they are. They are problematic at every level of Australian society, why should little old Albury be immune.

But c’mon Artie, you’re sounding like an old fogie. You’ll excuse me if I don’t find one bloke’s arbitrary opinion about who is on drugs and who isn’t all that compelling.

If you want to convince people about statistics relating to drug use in the region, put up some hard data, like the kind of data collected by the health department, or local drug and alcohol workers (if you can find some).

Even the emergency department at the Base hospital could provide more compelling evidence than walking down Dean Street and saying “you look stoned, you look stoned, oh you’re DEFINITELY stoned,  you’re probably stoned…”

I mean, if we’re going to be in the business of accusing people of being on drugs without evidence to back it up, maybe they all appeared “stoned” to Cr Fraunfelder because HE was ripped off HIS nut.

The greater problem about Cr Fraunfelder’s outburst, is that it downplays the destructive role of alcohol within our community.

Source any (reliable) research data you like, you’ll find that for sheer numbers, the greatest drug mortality/ morbidity in our community comes from tobacco and alcohol, in that order.

Arthur Fraunfelder’s assertion that alcohol isn’t as significant a contributing factor in violent incidents as illicit drugs is simply not evidence based.

In fact it doesn’t even appear reality based.

The amount of scholarly literature available online is overwhelming. Alcohol is the number one substance involved in violent crime.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad someone has raised the fact that drugs are a problem in our community, but this kind of unquantified rubbish aimed at diverting the blowtorch which ought rightly be applied to alcohol and the industry which supplies it, is misguided and counterproductive.


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10 Responses to Drugs!! “You can see it in their eyes”: Fraunfelder.

  1. Is this bloke serious? If he quoted some data rather than his “I looked into the eyes of patrons” survey, he might stand a better chance of doing something about the problem.
    And when it comes to violence on the streets, the three main problems are booze booze and booze.
    How many people have you seen take a big ol bong hit and then punch on?

  2. yeah I know BLL, sadly he is indeed serious.

    If I was a betting man, I’d say there’s some degree of mutual back scratching going on between Artie Fraunfelder and the local publicans/ alcohol lobbyists.
    To what extent I wouldn’t care to speculate, they may just chip into his election campaign, he may have mates there, who knows?
    Maybe he’s just in deep, deep denial about the harms caused by alcohol and is looking for a scapegoat in the form of “illicit drugs” [cue dramatic music]

    He was a staunch opponent of a police bid to prevent outdoor trading of an (unlicenced) pizzaria after midnight and now this.

    He’s getting a bit of an unenviable reputation as the degenerate alcoholic’s best friend on council.

  3. Incidentally, I realise you were being facetious, but I think the causes for late night violence can be extended from the list “booze, booze and booze”.
    As I see it the problems are as follows.

    1. The impetuosity of youth (enjoy it while it lasts)

    2. A heady mix of alcohol, sexual tension and that macho insecurity which says to be accepted among a group of males you must prove yourself with physical conflict or prowess (sport is in some ways a watered down form of this).

    3. A tense environment caused by a competiveness to find a sexual partner. (Young men see one another as competetors rather than as someone to co exist with).

    4. A lack of actual beat cops (although I suspect Albury police are seldom short at the administrative end, in short, too many chiefs, not enough indians).

    5. A culture which tacitly embraces binge drinking promiscuity and assault as a kind of rite of passage for late adolescent/ early adult males.

    6. Overcrowding in clubs and bars which can mean people’s behaviour is not sufficiently supervised and which may lead to them being overserved drinks when they are already intoxicated.

    7. Inadequate public transport such as taxis, long waits for taxi services I’m sure are a stressor and a predisposing factor in a number of violent incidents (particularly those which occur in close proximity to taxi ranks).

    Some of those are long term issues, some are medium term and some can be fixed quite readily.
    Others may not be resolvable at all.

    But I firmly believe time and effort spent addressing those issues will prove a lot more fruitful than some baseless theory about drugs.

  4. You should see the links between the City of Greater Geelong Council and various Geelong publicans.
    One of the elected officials was invited on a Meditterean cruise by a night club owner a few years back. Said nightclub owner of course had extension plans before council.
    It is amazing how local councils and club owners can wash their hands about this complex problem and blame others entirely.

  5. That’s downright corrupt.
    No wonder they get toey when people start nosing around.

  6. raydixon says:

    The greater problem about Cr Fraunfelder’s outburst, is that it downplays the destructive role of alcohol within our community

    You know I read what he said in today’s Border Mail and I thought maybe he’s been misquoted. But then I saw him om WIN News and he actually said that.

    My thoughts are precisely what you’ve said above AWOL. He has in one stupid statement changed the complex of the Dean Street problem away from the real issue – alcohol. Idiot.

    Btw, what’s going on with your diminishing font size here? Soon we’ll need a magnifying glass. Is it a wordpress glitcch?

  7. raydixon says:

    Bring out the magnifying glass now!

  8. oh you’re getting it too? I thought it was just a browser problem.
    I posted a “please help” in the wordpress forums and so far no one’s come up with a magic solution.

    I’m using explorer, are you?

    Apparently it appears OK in firefox.

    It’s a mystery, only started tonight.

  9. OK, apparently the technical mystery of the shrinking font is resolved.
    It seems a good night’s sleep fixed us both.

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