New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called for a cross-party committee to reassess the state’s lockout laws, five years after the measures put controversial restrictions on Sydney‘s nightlife economy.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports Berejiklian said “it makes sense for us to now take stock and examine whether any further changes should be made” to the laws, which prohibit most Sydney bars and clubs from allowing patrons to enter past 2am.
The committee’s report is due by the end September.
The measures, which were introduced after a spate of deadly violence linked to alcohol consumption, have been tied to a marked downturn in assaults in Sydney’s traditional nightlife hubs.
However, critics say the measures have harmed the viability of the city’s late-night economy – and its perception as a vibrant place to live and visit.
The announcement comes after years of significant pressure from the community, business operators, and other political groups.
The committee will be comprised of members of Berejiklian’s Liberal government, members of the opposition, and several crossbenchers. It is slated to consult with public health experts, entertainment industry bodies, and NSW Police.
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