Australia How Gladys Berejiklian is shaking her bad reputation
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This time last year, Sydney felt like a strange dystopia. Minors were being stripped naked and searched for drugs. Sniffer dogs invaded pubs. Commuters were being patted down behind privacy screens at train stations and pubs were struggling to stay open, with late-night punters directed to the only place still open: the casino.
Amid the pandemic, Sydney has turned into a new city. Live music is encouraged, police presence is reduced and plans for a new casino have been axed.
Did Premier Berejiklian finally see the light? Or did community revolt finally outweigh Liberal Party donations?
Turned away at restaurants, borders and even your workplace
Using public health orders, states and territories have the power to mandate vaccinations for certain activities and professions such as aged care workers who can be required to get an up-to-date flu jab. Last month NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian suggested she may allow private venues such as bars, shops and workplaces to set their own rules for Covid-19 jab requirements. © Provided by Daily Mail Australians could possibly be banned from restaurants, shops and offices if they refuse to get a Covid-19 vaccine. Pictured: A bar next to the Sydney Opera House 'We'll consider whether we allow venues...
Murder of the dancefloor
Between 2014 and 2019, NSW’s nighttime economy shuddered to a halt thanks to the lockout laws and a liquor licensing freeze.
Events wereand major festivals threatened to after legislation mandated organisers would have to pay to bolster police presence to reduce drug-related incidents. Police were given to investigate drug dealers and strip searches done after drug dog “indications” in 2016 alone.
Property developers swooped in to buy broke venues. Historic pubs faced challenges from residents inwho complained about the noise, while others were confronted with new restrictions simply for .
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Sydney's controversial lockout laws will be scrapped from Kings Cross next month after being introduced six years ago in a bid to stop alcohol-fuelled violence.The decision comes into effect from March 8 as part of a NSW government bid to revive the area's night-time economy, which was hit hard by the pandemic.
During this time, the NSW Liberal Party thrived on donations fromand gambling lobby , and senior Liberal Party figures took up with The Star casino.
Young people saw all this for what it was: a war on music and a war on nightlife. They started, many heading for Melbourne where nightlife was still alive.
Unflattering graffiti featuring then-premier Mike Baird and later Berejiklian popped up around the inner city. Berejiklian remained unpopular in at the 2019in the City of Sydney and the inner west.
Bogged down by policy
Berejiklian’s policies were counterproductive. The city was losing out ona year due to the undeveloped nighttime economy. Violent assaults simply moved to areas . Many also criticised of allowing The Star casino to operate while .
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Coronial inquests also found that a heavy police presence caused more drug overdoses, and the new festival restrictions madein the number of serious drug-related presentations.
It all came to a head during a damning inquiry into the use of strip-searches. This found that police were acting unlawfully and inconsistently when using their powers. NSW Police gaveon the success rate of drug-detection dogs, forcing minors to undress in front of police with little accountability for rogue officers.
The pandemic did something no amount of scrutiny or reports could do: it got the Berejiklian government to start.
The lockout laws have lifted and Crown casino wasto hold a casino license, triggering a potential gambling license reform. Sniffer dogs are still patrolling pubs and train stations, but a lot than before. And, following a long lockdown, young people are with many making their way up to Sydney.
NSW will see an easing of some restrictions from Friday morning
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced an easing of restrictions from 12:01am Friday which will see the state revert to the two square metre rule with masks only compulsory on public transport. © Provided by Sky News Australia “So, a minute past midnight on Friday morning we will be able to revert to the two square metre rule in NSW with the exemption of gyms which are always subject to the four square metre rule,” she said.“The only setting where masks will remain compulsory is on public transport.
Notably, the pandemic has also caused ain political donations — including from Liberal favourite ClubsNSW.
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows
While there might be fewer police on the inner-city streets, that doesn’t mean they’re idle. The NSW police force received a recordlast year.
Proposed laws will give them even more power to detain anyone convicted of a serious drug offence in the past decade, and police are implementing the proactive Suspect Target Management Plan, which has beenfor targeting vulnerable groups including juveniles and First Nations people.
The festival bill remains in place, forcing organisers to pay mammoth sums for police presence. Pill-testing is still a non-starter. No legislative changes have been made to limit strip searches.
The city might be a little more party-friendly, but Berejiklian’s police state remains in place.
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COVID-19 vaccines for 35,000 NSW frontline workers within three weeks .
Quarantine workers - including nurses, doctors, police officers, security guards, and cleaners - would be the first to receive their initial dose of the Pfizer vaccine, followed by healthcare workers whose work puts them at risk of being exposed to the virus. "The ability to have that is extra reassurance for me that when I go into the community and to my family that I am protected," he said.Bradley McEntee, a nurse manager for infection control in the quarantine system said the vaccine was a step forward to returning to normal life and reconnecting with his family after shielding the community from the virus for more than 12 months.