Sydney’s night time economy, including the city’s lockout laws, will be reviewed by a cross party parliamentary committee which will consult with key police, health, community, and entertainment and live music stakeholders, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced.
Following a number of reviews into Sydney’s night time economy – including a review of the State’s liquor laws by Ian Callinan AC QC, which found that the laws had made the community safer – the NSW Government will now work with all sides of politics to examine whether any changes are required.
“We have always sought to strike a balance between limiting alcohol-related violence and maintaining a vibrant night time economy,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Since the Government introduced new laws in 2014 in response to shocking cases of alcohol-fueled violence, the number of non-domestic violent assaults have declined in the Sydney CBD Entertainment and Kings Cross Precincts.
“During this period, we have also worked to relax certain aspects of the laws, such as extending trading hours for bars and clubs for major events, and making it easier for small bars, restaurants and cafes to start up and operate.
“After five years of operation, it makes sense for us to now take stock and examine whether any further changes should be made.”
The Joint Select Committee on Sydney’s Night Time Economy will inquire and report into Sydney’s night time economy, including any measures required to:
a) maintain and enhance community safety;
b) maintain and enhance individual and community health outcomes;
c) ensure existing regulatory arrangements in relation to individuals, businesses and other stakeholders, including Sydney’s lockout laws, remain appropriately balanced; and
d) enhance Sydney’s night time economy.
The Committee will consist of five members of the Legislative Assembly, including three Government members and at least one cross-bench member, and five members of the Legislative Council, including two Government members and at least two cross bench members. The Committee will be chaired by a Government member.
The Committee will report to the Parliament by 30 September 2019. The Government will consider the Committee’s recommendations in detail after receiving their report.