Greens Welcome Government Change of Tune on Sydney Lockouts

Greens Member for Newtown and acting spokesperson on liquor laws Jenny Leong MP congratulates the strong community campaign that has seen a welcome shift in the Government’s willingness to conduct a genuine review of the Sydney lockouts.

“Today we saw the Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Troy Grant commit to holding roundtables with key stakeholders from across Sydney, as part of the lockout laws review. The Greens have said from the start that it’s essential that local communities are involved in making decisions about the future of Sydney’s nightlife, and we welcome this commitment,” she said.

“I congratulate the thousands of loud, creative and committed community members who have been calling to Keep Sydney Open. The Government has finally signaled that they’re willing to listen to alternatives to shutting down our city.

“With this latest announcement, Minister Grant seems to be singing a very different tune – and that’s music to our ears. Is it possible that the NSW Government has ditched their nanny state songbook for a more contemporary and collaborative style? We can only hope they are finally tuning in to Sydney’s local arts and music-makers, venue operators and creative communities.

“If the Minister is genuine in wanting to give Sydney the safe nightlife it deserves we, and so many in the community, look forward to participating constructively to develop creative, integrated solutions that can keep Sydney vibrant, safe and open,” she said.

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