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Sydney lockout laws could be ‘significantly relaxed’

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Sydney’s controversial lockout laws could be abolished in some areas by the end of the year in a drastic plan to revitalise Sydney’s nightlife.

Nine News political reporter Chris O’Keefe tells Ben Fordham the government is pushing for the 1.30am lockout to be scrapped throughout the CBD by the end of 2018.

He says eight cabinet ministers are in favour of the plan, being pushed for by Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

The softening of the laws would coincide with the removal of light rail construction barricades, but the light rail deadline has once again been delayed by another two months this morning.

The lockout laws would still remain in place in the Kings Cross precinct.

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The man behind the Keep Sydney Open campaign, Tyson Koh, then called Sydney Live to respond to the news.

He tells Ben, “it’s absolutely great”.

“A Godsend to all of the business owners who have been really struggling over the last two years.

“Of course many businesses have already packed up. We’re talking about chemists, we’re talking about newsagents.

“There was one newsagent at Taylor Square that had been in the same family for 83 years that closed its doors a couple of years after the lockout.

“For some people, it’s too late. For the musicians, the tourists…. and really anyone who wants to enjoy the streets at night time, this is really great news.”

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Ben Fordham