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Controversial lock-outs see Sydney violence drop

Contentious new laws at pubs and clubs have led to a 39% reduction in violent alcohol-fuelled incidents in Sydney.

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The conditions prevents bars, pubs and registered clubs in a specific area from admitting revellers after 1.30am

A “raft of measures” were introduced by the New South Wales Government following the death of two young men in Kings Cross last year.
The conditions prevents bars, pubs and registered clubs in a specific area from admitting revellers after 1.30am, and ceases the service of alcohol at 3am.
This has lead to a significant reduction in alcohol fuelled violence, with 182 violent incidents recorded last year in comparison with 300 the previous year.
The Deputy Premier and Justice Minister, Troy Grant, told abc: “I’ve got to congratulate the industry as well for taking heed of the new regime of our government about putting community safety first.
“The industry, the hotels, and the clubs themselves understand that its just not viable for them to continue to operate that way. They’re going to be smashed with fines and potentially loss of licence and greater trading restrictions which makes their businesses unviable if they don’t play by the rules and act responsibly as they’re required to do.”

The measures have previously come under fire from bar owners and members of the on-trade, who have raised concerns about the impact on their businesses.

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