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Lockouts: any venue can be exempt

Any CBD venue could be exempted from Barry O’Farrell’s new lockout laws providing it pays a “reasonable fee”, it can be revealed. The legislation allows the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing’s Director General to issue an exemption as long as it “is unlikely to result in an increase in the level of alcohol-related violence […]

Violence hits Bondi

After a string of high-profile assaults in the city over recent weeks, alcohol-fuelled violence has now come to the beach with attacks on Australia Day marring celebrations. A 24-year-old Irish backpacker was attacked by an unknown man on Campbell Parade, Bondi at about 9pm on Australia Day. He was punched and fell to the ground, […]

Two Weeks’ Notice: lockouts rushed in

By Michael Koziol and Triana O'Keefe Grassroots forces mobilising to fight the state government’s liquor laws have been dealt a hammer blow, with Premier Barry O’Farrell yesterday announcing the lockouts will commence on February 24. It was originally rumoured that venues would be given until April to be prepare for the new regime. But Mr […]

It’s hard yakka working in The Cross

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s announcement of lockouts and a freeze on new liquor licences has prompted both applause and condemnation from the wide variety of stakeholders involved in this heated debate. City News spoke with a number industry staff who work within the restricted zone and asked whether these laws would make a difference. “It […]

One-punch laws hit political resistance

The political fate of Barry O’Farrell’s legislation to curb alcohol-fuelled violence is still unknown, with opposition to certain aspects of the package surfacing. There is tension within both the major parties about mandatory minimum sentencing, a key part of the reforms announced by Mr O’Farrell last week. Under the proposed legislation, mandatory jail terms would […]

O’Farrell shuts down Sydney

The NSW government’s package of liquor regulation has met with strong criticism from operators, drinkers and freedom advocates. Premier Barry O’Farrell announced on Tuesday that 1.30am lockouts and 3am “last drinks” will be imposed on most venues in Sydney’s CBD. In a statewide crackdown, bottle shops will also be forced to close at 10pm. In […]

Local pollies cautious on liquor reform

Independent MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich has expressed concern about the state government’s liquor reforms. Premier Barry O’Farrell announced on Tuesday that venues in the CBD will be subject to a 1.30am lockout and 3am “last drinks” policy. “While there are some valuable reforms in the Premier’s announcement...I am concerned some changes are reactive and […]

Steroid use “widespread”

The frequency and brutality of violent, drunken brawls on Sydney streets has led some to speculate that steroid usage might be fuelling this aggression. The state government announced on Tuesday that it will increase the maximum penalty for supply and possession of illegal steroids to 25 years. John Terilli, owner of Broadway Gym and former […]

The forgotten violence victims

OPINION - Nicole Doughty On Saturday, a young woman in Melbourne’s suburbs died after an argument with her partner turned violent. This news may not have caught your attention, because on Saturday all eyes were focused on the tragic death of another young person from a violent assault: Daniel Christie, the latest victim of alcohol-fuelled […]

Barriers to night economy diversity

Efforts to transform Sydney’s late-night economy face structural barriers in the form of transport options, critical mass and penalty rates, the City of Sydney’s business and safety manager Suzie Matthews says. The City’s “OPEN Sydney” action plan is the result of extensive consultation beginning in 2011 and aims to diversify Sydney’s night-time entertainment options beyond […]