Moments when we agree with Alan Jones are few and far, far between, but this morning the 2GB summed up what we’ve all been thinking about the NSW lockout laws, that they’re a draconian measure that’s done absolutely nothing to combat alcohol-fuelled violence.
“They’ve sucked the life out of the city. King’s Cross is now a ghost town. Venues have had to shut, and people are out of work. All it does it force drunks out onto the street and into the suburbs. It doesn’t stop the violence.”
His sentiments were an echo of the thousands of people who marched in the Reclaim The Streets protests in Sydney against the lockout laws last weekend.
“You need to address structural violence in difference ways rather than punitive, post-haste measures which actually don’t address the problem at all,” one protester told P.TV when we filmed the protest-cum-dance-party on Sunday.
Or, as local legend Danny Lim said: “Bring back the smile, the dance, the wine, and the love.” PREACH.
Despite the lockout laws having mixed-to-shit results – Newtown has born the brunt of the overspill, resulting in an increase in violence and anti-social behaviour – they’re about to be replicated in Queensland, with a 1am lockout and a 3am closure.
Queenslanders are are basically saying FUUUUUHK THAT with state-wide protests this weekend under the banner ‘Save Our Nightlife‘. If you’re down for some picket signs, get amongst it at Brunswick Street Mall at 8:30pm, Surfers Paradise Foreshore at 7pm, or the Down Under Bar and Grill at 4:30pm.