Posted: 12 October, 2016
Could Sydney Be Saying Goodbye To The Lockout Laws?
Find out what this means for Sydney nightlife.
NSW Premier Mike Baird may have performed a spectacular backflip on his greyhound racing ban but says he is not rushing to change Sydney's lockout laws.
Fresh from his humiliating reverse of the greyhound industry ban, Mr Baird said his government was still considering overhauling the restrictions placed on inner-city nightspots.
"We've had Ian Callinan look at it, he's made some recommendations and there is two sides of the debate, we've listened comprehensively to those now in the next few weeks. Cabinet and the government and our party rooms will consider that," he told 2GB radio on Wednesday.
The report, handed to the state government a month ago, recommended a two-year trial in which the 1.30am lockout and 3am last drinks measures be relaxed for live entertainment venues.
Easing those restrictions by half an hour could help restore the vibrancy and lost employment opportunities in the precincts affected by the laws, former High Court judge Ian Callinan said in his report.
A decision on the city's lockout laws would be made by the end of the year, Mr Baird told another Sydney radio station, Nova.
"There has been a massive reduction in violence, there are also concerns in terms of businesses, there are concerns in terms of what it has done to the live music industry."
On Tuesday the premier offered the greyhound industry "one last chance" after dropping his pledge to shut down the industry by July next year.
The premier declared on Tuesday he "got it wrong" by banning the sport, instead throwing the industry a lifeline in the form of strict new regulations.
Mr Baird denied the decision had anything to do with his sliding popularity.