Nov 22, 2017

Newcastle Herald: Outrage over fast-track review of newcastle solution lockout laws

THE NSW Government has been accused of backing a sham review of Newcastle’s nearly decade-old lockout laws without a public hearing, with a tight deadline and at the behest of the hotel industry.

The NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority confirmed the review in a statement on Tuesday, nearly six months after the Australian Hotels Association asked for reconsideration of the “Newcastle solution” conditions imposed in 2008.

Authority chair Philip Crawford said barrister Jonathan Horton, QC, would take written submissions from the public, police, businesses and other groups until December 13 on current 1am and 1.30am lockouts and 3am and 3.30am closing times applying to 15 Newcastle venues, and report to the authority by December 22.

Read the full article on The Newcastle Herald.