NSW

Labor MP says lockout laws should be rethought

A NSW Labor MP has declared the city's 1.30am lockout and 3am last drinks laws need to be rethought as it is "undeniable that a large part of Sydney's night life is closing down, perhaps never to reappear".

Kogarah MP Chris Minns says the laws for high-risk licensed venues in Kings Cross and central Sydney "are squeezing the life out of Sydney's social scene, causing businesses to shut, staff to be sacked and Sydney's place as a desirable tourist destination to be put in jeopardy."

The comments come as the NSW government announced on Thursday that former judge Ian Callinan will conduct a statutory review of the 2012 laws, which also ban takeaway alcohol sales after 10pm across the state.

Opposition Leader Luke Foley last week said the lockout and last drinks laws are "new minimum standards for community safety in known trouble spots".

However, he added that Labor would "always be guided by the evidence, so we're open minded". He said there were many ways to improve Sydney's nightlife.

Mr Minns, writing for Fairfax Media, criticised Premier Mike Baird's Facebook response to criticism of the lockout laws in which he stated it would "take a lot for me to change my mind on a policy that is so clearly improving this city".

Mr Minns said this meant the government "will close their minds to new ideas that could reduce violence while allowing nightlife for responsible adults to exist".

Hospitality minister Troy Grant has said the review would be "genuine and transparent".

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