Sydney’s lockout laws should be scrapped but remain in Kings Cross
Luke Grant is joined by Dr Paul Preisz, Director of emergency at St Vincent’s Hospital, about a major parliamentary report that finds Sydney’s lockout laws should be scrapped in the CBD but remain in Kings Cross.
Dr Preisz said he was pleased the lockouts would remain in Kings Cross but expressed concern about alcohol-fuelled incidents elsewhere in the CBD.
“We’ve had no deaths in our emergency department related to incidents in Kings Cross in the same way we saw those laws came into being so we would hope they would not change the laws,” he said.
“Kings Cross was the most extreme example of an environment where critically we had to change something but the same features and factors were present in all of those other areas so it’s our view we would see similar dangers.”
Under the current legislation, bars & nightclubs clubs in the city, Darlinghurst & Kings Cross areas must deny entry to new customers after 1.30am and serve last drinks by 3am.
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