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Bill to combat brawl deaths sets blood-alcohol level at .15 for 'intoxication'

Professor Alex Steel comments on the NSW government's proposed new one-punch laws in the Sydney Morning Herald, 30 January 2014.

Professor Alex Steel, a criminal law expert from the University of NSW, said the new offence was broader than for just dealing with "coward punches". It includes everyone who causes a person's death as a result of a fight.

"If an intoxicated person is goaded and provoked into a fight – even if they don't throw the first punch – they could be facing mandatory imprisonment," he said.

"The problem with mandatory imprisonment is that its only real effect is injustice.

Read the full article on the proposed new one-punch laws.