It’s been more than five years, but common sense has now prevailed, with the controversial Sydney lockout laws now being scrapped across the CBD.
Back in early 2014, then-NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell made a knee-jerk response to late-night violence across the state by implementing a series of highly-controversial lockout laws across the state.
The new legislation meant that 1:30am lockouts (and a 3am call for last drinks) were now being enforced in venues across the entertainment precinct of the Sydney CBD, including Kings Cross, Darlinghurst, Cockle Bay, The Rocks, and Haymarket.
Understandably, this news was met with severe backlash by almost everyone in the country, with many criticising the government’s response as short-sighted, and one that would cripple the state’s nightlife and reputation as a global hotspot.
Now, following years of rallies, petitions, and passionate pleases to Keep Sydney Open, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has made the astonishing decision to scrap the controversial laws across most of the CBD.
As the ABC reports, Premier Berejiklian announced this news early Sunday, revealing that while safety will remain of the utmost importance, the time has come for Sydney to return to its former glory.
“It’s time to enhance Sydney’s night-life,” Ms Bereijklian explained in a statement. “Sydney is Australia’s only global city and we need our night-life to reflect that.”