Skip navigation

Lockout Laws Report Welcome, But Two Key Recommendations Missing: Greens

profile image
Cate Faehrmann
NSW Greens MP
30 September 2019

Greens MP and Arts, Music, Night-Time Economy and Culture Spokesperson Cate Faehrmann has welcomed the findings of the Report into Sydney’s Night-Time Economy handed down today, however believed two more recommendations were needed: Repealing the lockout laws in Kings Cross, and reining in heavy-handed policing such as strip-searches and sniffer dogs

“The Committee heard overwhelming evidence that the government got it wrong when it came to balancing keeping people safe on our streets at night and ensuring Sydney still had a nightlife to offer,” said Ms Faehrmann.

“The Government never should have cracked down on Sydney’s nightlife with these extreme measures. We’ve lost a lot of local institutions and many talented people have left Sydney, all because of the Government’s overreach.

“I wanted the report to be stronger in two ways. The lockout laws should be repealed in Kings Cross, and the Government must address the culture of overzealous policing in NSW, particularly the use of strip-searching and sniffer dogs.

“Kings Cross has substantially changed since the lockout laws were introduced with a significant decrease in footfall and a changing residential and business makeup. The Committee heard enough evidence to at least trial lifting restrictions in Kings Cross as well.

“The Committee also heard evidence from a range of venue operators and industry experts that a heavy police presence and the overzealous use of strip searches and sniffer dogs was stopping people going out.

“Restaurants, bars and clubs in Sydney have had ridiculous restrictions imposed upon them for too long so I certainly hope the government responds to all of the Report’s recommendations with urgency,” said Ms Faehrmann.


Contact: Jacob Miller - 0428 837 292 

profile image
Cate Faehrmann
NSW Greens MP
30 September 2019
SHARE:

THE LATEST NEWS

MEDIA RELEASE

Government sets Koalas up for extinction

A new Koala SEPP just released by the Government is a win for the logging industry and a huge loss in the fight to save koalas from extinction in NSW, said Cate Faehrmann Greens MP and Spokesperson for the environment.

MEDIA RELEASE

Govt’s desperate 3rd attempt to legalise floodplain harvesting by subterfuge: Greens & Shooters comment

Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP & water spokesperson and Helen Dalton, the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Member for Murray, have slammed the most recent attempt by the Government to legalise floodplain harvesting as ‘another sneaky and disgraceful move’ by the National Party Water Minister.

NSW Parliament passes Greens motion condemning Pokies Money Laundering

A Greens motion condemning money laundering via poker machines and calling on the Government to urgently prioritise the development of measures that will stamp out the practice passed the NSW Legislative Council with agreement by all parties late last night.

MEDIA RELEASE

Greens MP introduces bill to legalise cannabis in NSW

Greens MP and drug law reform spokesperson Cate Faehrmann will introduce a bill into the NSW Upper House today to legalise and regulate the personal use of cannabis. This comes at a time when many jurisdictions around the world are moving to adopt various models of cannabis decriminalisation or legalisation...


CAMPAIGNS