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DJs and drag queens feel lockout squeeze

The state government’s lockout laws are being keenly felt in Sydney’s gay district, with one of Oxford Street’s oldest venues reducing its opening hours and the strip being plunged back into chaos and uncertainty. The Midnight Shift will close its doors Mondays to Wednesdays, opening them again at 2pm on Thursdays. The Shift’s venue promotion […]

Three strikes, you‘re out

No strikes have been recorded against city venues since the introduction of Barry O’Farrell’s lockout laws, the government says. The ‘three strikes” disciplinary scheme, which came into effect in 2012, imposes strikes when a licensee or approved manager is convicted of one of a range of the most serious offences as set out by the […]

New Potts Point venue to rock the boat, Barry

Amid what seems like a never-ending war against licensed premises in the CBD and city east, a new venue will open its doors this week in Potts Point, in spite of the new liquor laws. Its owners say they want to create a neighbourhood sanctuary away from the neon bustle of the Kings Cross strip. […]

No lockout exemption for Mardi Gras

The O’Farrell government has confirmed it will not exempt the Mardi Gras weekend from Sydney’s new lockout laws, which will be imposed from February 24. Originally flagged for introduction in April, the restrictions will mean patrons are denied entry to licensed premises after 1.30am and last drinks are called at 3am, within an expanded CBD […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]