Sydney Lockout laws here to stay - Mike Baird
BOTTLE shops across the state will be forced to continue closing at 10pm, with Premier Mike Baird adamant the restriction will not be removed following a two-year review of NSW’s mandatory lockout laws next month.
National Party MPs had hoped the restriction could be loosened in the bush, but the Premier is understood to be of the view all the alcohol restrictions put in place by his predecessor Barry O’Farrell should remain intact.
Mr Baird’s stance means all current lockout and drinks restrictions in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross are expected to remain in place long term.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione last year noted the extraordinary decline in violent assaults near Sydney pubs and clubs just one year after new drinking laws were introduced.
The numbers spoke for themselves. According to Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research statistics, assaults were down by 32 per cent in Kings Cross and down by a massive 40 per cent in central Sydney after new laws were put in place in 2014 for 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks.
It is vital that we never forget the tragic reasons for those new laws.
The Daily Telegraph launched our “Enough” campaign following the shocking one-punch deaths of Daniel Christie and Thomas Kelly, two innocent young men whose senseless killings outraged Sydney.
Sydney's CBD lockout laws have reduced the number of violent attacks and injuries, but local businesses are suffering as people head to other areas to enjoy a night out on the town.
Police Minister Stuart Ayres says the introduction of 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks for licensed venues in central Sydney is driving a cut in alcohol-related violence.
Announcing on Wednesday a range of new alcohol service restrictions for pubs, clubs and bars in the Sydney CBD, Kings Cross and Darlinghurst from July 18, Mr Ayres said the lockouts and last-drinks rules introduced in late February were having an impact.