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Australia Lockout laws should be axed in CBD but kept in Kings Cross, inquiry finds

04:40  30 september  2019
04:40  30 september  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

'No shots after midnight' and other drinking laws to be ditched in lockout overhaul

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The Sydney lockout laws were introduced by the Government of New South Wales in February 2014 with the objective to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence.

The lockout laws will remain in place in Kings Cross . Credit:Wolter Peeters. “ Kings Cross did have unique problems but before the lockouts were introduced we saw a sizeable amount The move was also lashed by the Keep Sydney Safe campaign, which represents emergency services workers.

a group of people standing in front of a store: A parliamentary inquiry has recommended the 2014 laws be axed with © Wolter Peeters A parliamentary inquiry has recommended the 2014 laws be axed with "appropriate urgency" in the CBD, but retained in Kings Cross. Sydney's lock-out laws should be axed in the CBD but retained in Kings Cross and venues rewarded for self-reporting bad behaviour.

A NSW parliamentary committee has recommended that the 2014 laws, including 1.30am lockouts and 3am cessation of service, should be removed "with appropriate urgency" from licensed venues in the CBD precinct, including Oxford Street.

Bans on selling shots and other high-alcohol content beverages after midnight should also be lifted, the inquiry found.

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Sydney’s lockout laws to be lifted in CBD but not Kings Cross . After a cross -party parliamentary committee review of the laws earlier in the year, Ms Berejiklian unveiled plans to drop the 1.30 am lockout legislation in the CBD — but not Kings Cross where businesses have been hit the hardest.

Controversial lockout could be lifted in most of the CBD , with Gladys Berejiklian hoping to boost The move has been criticised as “premature” by the Keep Sydney Safe campaign BOCSAR found non-domestic assaults dropped 53% in Kings Cross and 4% in the CBD since lockouts were introduced.

The committee's report, released on Monday morning, made 40 recommendations. But it concluded that Kings Cross was "not yet sufficiently changed to warrant a complete reversal" of the lockout laws.

"The Committee finds that due to the historical nature of Kings Cross, venue density and the small size of the precinct, there is a high risk that if the 2014 laws were removed, violence would increase and the rate of assaults would begin to rise again," the report said.

It recommended a further review of the appropriateness of the 2014 laws in the Kings Cross precinct in 12 months.

More to come

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