Nanny state laws, that’s what I really hate!
My days of drinking in pubs and clubs until 5 AM in the morning are long behind me. But a big night out on the town is a big part of life for younger people, it’s what entices them to live in big cities. For most people, going out for a drink is just a bit of fun…
Unfortunately, sometimes those nights out end in tragedy, fighting can often lead to a fatality. One punch can kill. It has happened very recently in Brisbane and it has also happened in Sydney. I’m sure it has also happened in every other major city in every other alcohol enjoying country in the world.
It’s not unique to Australia.
Here in Australia though, state governments react in knee-jerk fashion. Already the Queensland Government are looking to change the licensing laws and introduce earlier ‘lockouts”. They are looking at bringing last orders forward from 5 AM to 2 AM. Some venues could remain open until 3 AM, but you would need to be in that venue before 1 AM otherwise you’ll be refused entry.
If you read about the tragedy that has caused this knee-jerk reaction on the ABC News website, they actually state “It is not yet known whether alcohol played a part in the incident.” That doesn’t matter though, alcohol can take the blame anyway. Let’s close down the bars.
Sydney, the biggest city in all of Australia, has already introduced stringent lockout laws. You can no longer enter a licensed venue after 1:30 AM and last drinks are now 3 AM.
Matt Barrie has written a fascinating article explaining why this is destroying Sydney. It’s a long article, here are some of the highlights:
- In the busiest areas of Sydney’s liveliest precinct, King’s Cross, many many nightclubs and bars are now permanently closed
- Flinders bar in Darlinghurst – closed
- The century-old Exchange Hotel which held six venues – all closed
- Hugo’s Lounge, a top bar in Sydney for 15 years and voted Australia’s best nightclub five years running – closed
- Hugo’s Pizza, a multi-award-winning pizza restaurant – closed; apparently their revenue was 60% down as they tried to grapple with 36 ‘stringent conditions’ placed on their business over the last 2 1/2 years
- Jimmy Liks, serving Asian food with a wine bar and a cocktail bar – closed after 14 years
In the last three years 42 businesses have closed in King’s Cross, foot traffic is down 84% and takings have fallen by 40% or more.
Of course, with all these closures there are job losses to go with it. But hey, state government think this is great, because violence is down. The laws are working, they say.
Here’s how you can bring crime even further down, why not have a countrywide curfew after 7 PM?
According to Matt Barrie, the only solution for the people of Sydney is to move to Melbourne. But, I suspect, if somebody gets punched in Melbourne, maybe all that will change in Victoria as well. You can read Matt Barrie’s full and rather scary article over at news.com.au.
The people of Sydney have had enough and they’ve taken to the streets to protest…
One politician is on the side of the protesters, that is Senator David Leyonhjelm…
I agree with him entirely, why should the masses be punished because of the behaviour of a very small minority. Let’s let people be adults, and as adults take responsibility for their own actions. Clamp down on the violent crime, punish the perpetrators hard, don’t punish everybody.
Let’s hope the politicians of Queensland take notice before they similarly decimate the nightlife areas of Brisbane.
Rant over, I need a beer. Cheers