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The bizarre red tape surrounding Sydney’s nightlife

Deborah Knight
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Sydney is about to get its nightlife back, albeit for only three months…

The NSW government will launch a three-month blitz allowing venues to wave outdated restrictions.

Racing Minister Paul Toole says some of the decade-old licencing rules are contributing to Sydney’s worsening nightlife crisis.

One condition can even prevent a hotel from hanging a disco ball.

Another only allows a venue to play folk music.

“It’s about cutting red tape, it’s about supporting those small businesses,” he tells Deborah Knight.

“It brings a little bit of a sensible outcome at the end of the day for these venues.”

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