Nov 24, 2017

Newcastle Herald: NSW Upper House MPs agree a four-week review of Newcastle’s lockout laws is too short

THE NSW Upper House will ask the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority to extend its snap review of Newcastle’s liquor laws and take public submissions until the end of February.

Government and opposition MPs backed a motion by Greens MP Justin Field on Thursday to extend the deadline from December 13 after strong criticism of the four-week review by academics, emergency workers and members of the public, and indications that Newcastle’s most senior police officer would ask for even tighter drinking conditions.

Mr Field moved the motion on Thursday morning after groups including the Last Drinks Coalition, representing police, ambulance, doctors and nurses argued strongly for Premier Gladys Berejiklian to intervene and stop the review, which was announced on Tuesday.

Read the full article on the Newcastle Herald here.