The owner of one of Sydney‘s most popular nightclubs, Murat Kilic, has slammed the draconian lockout laws that are slowly but surely killing the city’s nightlife in an epic keynote speech at the IMS Asia-Pacific 2015 conference.
Since the lockout laws have come into affect, dozens of venues have been forced to close, foot traffic in Kings Cross has dropped by 84%, and incidences of violence in nearby Newtown (which has no lockout laws) have increased by 18% (Source 1 / Source 2.) (Although tbqh with you it seems like pokies are the way to the NSW Government‘s heart, because 16 pubs have been granted exceptions for entry after 1:30pm so punters can feed the slots. WAY TO KEEP THINGS ABOVE BOARD, GUYS.)
At one point, Kilic basically delivered a eulogy to Sydney’s after-hours culture, once thriving:
“Things can’t get much worse, so things can only get better,” he said, which we will happily raise a post-3am bevy to, mate.