The NSW government’s solution to its problem of night time violence is a knee jerk ban on its most popular nightspots. In Armidale and Newcastle, the actions of a minority engaged in anti-social and criminal behaviour led to lockouts throughout these cities. In Sydney, when anti-social and criminal behaviour led to the tragic death of two young people on a night out, the government instituted the lockout laws in Sydney too.
The result is violence being pushed out of the Sydney CBD into adjoining suburbs, as well as the decline of iconic venues such as the Basement.
The Liberal Democrats believe that unlocking NSW is paramount, Sydney is a global city and needs a vibrant nightlife to keep the tourists coming. Places like Armidale and Newcastle should also be unlocked as the majority should not be punished for the anti-social and criminal activities of the minority.
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