The formal review into Sydney’s lockout laws has been swamped by 1856 submissions, the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing has revealed.
Public submissions closed last night for the Callinan Review into Sydney’s lockout laws and other nightlife restrictions, and the OLGR says the “vast majority” of submissions they received related to the 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks. You’ll be able to read all of them from 18 April on the Liquor Law Review website.
The last time the government invited submissions on the topic of reducing alcohol and drug related violence, only 113 were received. The largest number of public submissions ever received by a parliamentary committee is approximately 10,000, the amount the NSW Social Issues Committee received in 2013 on the topic of marriage equality.
The Callinan Review will take into consideration all that public feedback along with statistical data and consultation with the government, local communities and the nightlife industry, before making its recommendations about the lockout laws to the NSW Government this August.
Then it’s up to the Baird government to decide whether or not to accept the recommendations – but it looks like they’ll be facing a stiff fight to keep the laws exactly as they are now.
Over the weekend, Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore broke her silence over lockouts, and revealed that City of Sydney’s submission to the lockouts review calls for drastic changes, including exemptions from lockouts and last drinks for safe bars and live music venues, and more late night public transport.
In February, 15,000 people marched as part of the Keep Sydney Open rally to call for changes to the blanket nightlife restrictions – check out the best photos from that rally over here.