Sydney lockout laws to be reviewed as government says it’s “never happy” to see pubs close

(Benedict Brook, 13 January 2015, Star Observer)

JUST days after historic Sydney venue the Flinders Hotel said lockout laws were to blame for its sudden closure, the NSW government has brought forward a review into the effects of the controversial legislation...

...Sydney state independent MP Alex Greenwich supported a review of the policy, arguing the important to get the balance right when it came to safety.

“Lockouts are an effective penalty, but their blanket introduction has had an impact on safe and well run venues that provide live music and entertainment, including gay venues on Oxford St,” he said.

“The 1.30am lockout was only one part of the government’s reforms and an independent review is important to identify which reforms are working and which ones can be amended.”

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