The NSW Greens oppose blanket lockout laws across Sydney’s CBD, Oxford St and Kings Cross, calling instead for the implementation of targeted measures that address problems of alcohol-fuelled violence.
This week the NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant has indicated that the government may be shifting their hardline position, which has been in strong support of the lockouts, due to evidence that the 1:30am lockouts are not having an impact on violence and crime.
Almost 12,000 people have signed a petition calling on the NSW Government to recognise that the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross lockouts are having a damaging reputation on culture, personal freedom, business and Sydney's global reputation.
The people who have signed the petition agree that our streets should be safer, but don’t agree that the way to do this is to lock people out and shut down our nightlife.
NSW Greens acting spokesperson on Liquor Laws and Member for Newtown Jenny Leong MP has tabled the petition in Parliament. The debate is schedule for Thursday afternoon.Read more
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Member for Newtown Jenny Leong have commented on the growing economic and cultural impacts of Sydney’s CBD and Kings Cross lock-out laws, after federal ALP and Liberal senators voted down a Greens motion encouraging the NSW government to find a better long term solution to the perceived problem.Read more
Our question to the Premier: does he recognise the enormous negative impact that the lockouts have had on Sydney's night-time economy and vibrant nightlife, acknowledging that there are other measures that can reduce violence and keep Sydney open?