Sydney was once home to a bustling hub of nightclubs, bars and
restaurants. Now, businesses are struggling to stay open thanks to strict
lockout laws. These laws include: no entry after 1:30am (2:00am for live music
venues) and last drinks at 3am. However, these restrictions are not enforced on
The Star Casino. A large number of venues in the entertainment precincts
have been forced to close their doors since the laws have been introduced.
LiveTribers, even those these laws might not directly impact you, do you support
them? Do you think these strict laws are important or should the restrictions be
Posted by on 25 Mar 2019
Adults are adults and should not be dictated to by government lock out laws -
fines and penalties should be introduced to both individuals and business if
patrons are found to be causing trouble or well beyond the intoxication laws
currently in force - there has to be a common sense approach to how this sort of
thing is dealt with Sydney should be enabling trade not restricting it.
How can we discriminate against the clubs and nightclubs, but not the
Surely, if you lockout the clubs and nightclubs, the casinos should also come
Or, are drunks better behaved at casinos?
I agree with the lock out laws.I know its peoples responsibility for their own
actions but sometimes innocent people can get injured or even worse by the
action of irresponsible drinkers or drunks.If these lock out laws help curve
violence or incidents then it is a good idea
We all have different views on the strict lockout laws but we also need to
understand and accept the reason why government had created this in the first
place. This change is good for me personally. If it helps reduce crime then
it’s a great thing! If people were more responsible with their individual
actions initially, government wouldn’t have come to that decision!! Embrace
change and be more proactive about how we can find ways to enjoy life better.
We’re not missing out on anything just because of the lockout law. Sydney city
is still beautiful as it is and was from the past. Sometimes we just have to
change the way our minds perceive things in life!!
Lockout laws are stupid and draconian. We once had a beautiful city and night
life which has been reduced to a nanny state where people aren't allowed to have
fun anymore. The poor shops,pubs,clubs, cabbies etc must really be feeling the
pinch. Those laws took our Sydney backwards !,so much for progression. We are
priding ourselves as one of the major cities of the world ???, look at New York,
or Hong Kong, even Bali has a superior nightlife. It's such a shame that these
pathetic laws and kneejerk reactions have affected our former progressive
Why don't the government implement better security, more transport, safer areas
for night owls instead of the silly lockout laws afterall Sydney is the best
city in the world, let's not fall behind and hurt our nightlife any longer.
I realise Star Casino is exempt from these rules, so it should be it's a Casino.
There's no point complaining and calling for sanctions on The Star, what we
should be doing is calling our Government to wake up and remove all lockout laws
period. It's never wise to call for tougher laws regarding these matters as I'm
positive most people would disagree with them.
I do agree with the lockout laws. I do understand that the Star Casino does not
have them enforced however this, I believe, is because of the amount of money
that is derived from them. However in saying this I also believe that what is
right for one is right for another regardless of the money involved. People's
lives are more important.
When I was a young person the hotels closed at 6pm and did not open on Sundays.
We had dance halls where no alcohol was served. Why anyone needs to drink till
they cannot stand and into the wee hours of the morning is beyond me. Of course
taking drugs and alcohol together is another problem. There has always been
"bad" drunks but it is so much worse these days especially among the younger
generations. I have to think the lockout laws a good start but statistics must
show this has improved the situation to keep the law active. Personally I think
closing the venues by 2am is plenty of time and perhaps at the door you get so
many vouchers for so many drinks and no voucher no more drinks. Perhaps this
will cut down on the binge drinkers.
In my opinion, Star Casino needs to be included in the restrictions, n should be
forced to close it's doors at 2am n reopen at 9am n not be allowed to serve
alcohol n or turn their pokies machines on at 10 am
Yes, these laws are essential. They must be kept to ensure the safety of
citizens and responsible patrons. Nobody needs to drink after 1.30 am let alone
to drink to excess at these hours, spilling out onto the footpaths. The Star
Casino is very well run and supervised, so no likelihood of "one punch" killers
on their premises.
I half agree I think the casino should have curfew as well 2a.m. I agree
Many years ago when I worked in hotels there policy was if they were too drunk
they were shown the door,these days there's allot of violence due to alcohol &
drugs so you've got to start somewhere so if this helps to save someone I'm all
All venues in the precinct should be governed by the same set of rules and laws.
Hence creating an equal opportunity precint for all to prosper in. If individual
establishments have continued community behavioural issues then possibly they
could be penalised, so the establishments providing a good safe environment may
be able to succeed without the restrictions of their trade
I don’t think that lockouts is or ever was a good idea. Alcohol is the biggest
problem, drinking at home, drinking at a pub or club, the rules about
responsible service of alcohol- which is a course that I have done, is
nonexistent. Laws around responsible service of alcohol needs to somehow be
enforced, or changed and the drinking community needs to be aware of it, and
accept it as law. I also hate the idea of the nanny state that monitors laws
like a hyper vigilant babysitter. There has to be more studies and research done
as to how we combat alcohol as a problem. Not what time bars close because when
last drinks is called no matter what time, everyone buys as much as they can and
binge as much as they can. I know this because I have done exactly that in the
past. It’s almost as if there were no limits on closing time people wouldn’t
have to drink as much as possible before the venue closes. There needs to be a
dialogue to come up with better ideas on responsible service, lockouts is not
the answer cause intoxicated people just end up on the street and angry and
bored. Here’s an easy starting point for dialogue, increase entry fees and let
venues stay open later, but cut off alcohol at 1.00 so people can stay, have a
good time even after last drinks are served, and then it turns into a coffee
bar... or if that’s not feasible and not a good idea, what about serving
alcohol every second hour, or just once in 30mins... it would dramatically slow
down binge drinking because they can’t have another for half an hour... these
might not be great ideas, but it’s about starting a dialogue and a new
attitude towards alcohol because what they are doing at the moment is not
working. I go out with my partner and I have to beg staff to cut him off cause
he can barely stand and this is well before closing time, but they don’t.
I’ve never seen him cut off. Not once. Not when he’s slurring his words, not
when he can’t walk straight and not when he doesn’t even know where he is
anymore. I don’t know the answer, but lockouts definitely not it, and I
implore us all to think of a better solution and then for the government to hear
If Sydney is doing so well, why is it now in the top ten worst cities to live in
- in the whole world? Ask Gladys Brerejklian and her totalitarian police state
mug squad. I live in Perth and it's deadsville here unless you like pumpin top
forty crap music and sugary-pop alcohol. No sympathy here Sydney - you get what
you voted for . . .
Yes, I think that lockout laws should stay in place. Once you have entered
before a certain time, you can stay until the club closes but the door should be
for outbound traffic only including being intoxicated. I also think that the
pricing of drinks should go up after midnight by 25% to discourage partying on
forever and this would also help out when competing with Casinos.
On that note, Casinos could enforce a rule that you can only stay after midnight
if you are gambling as Gamblers prefer not to drink too much so they can stay
This could be a win-win for all
Another great idea, Day clubs... the only issue that I would have with this is
people that might drive home after their day club experience. Drinking and
driving is never good at anytime but there’s so much more traffic during the
day, and also the protection of children from seeing daytime drunks... I would
hate to think that kids would witness some very bad behavior and think that’s
just what you do as an adult
That law was brought in for a good reason, to stop the loudmouths picking fights
because they can't control how much they drink. I'm all for it. As for
casinos, they have better security but same rules should apply where alcohol is
supplied. Surely by 3.00am, everybody's had enough to drink. If not, they are
alcoholics for sure and need help.
should be lifted, we always take the half glass empty attitude as opposed to a
city like Amsterdam which went the other way and opened 24/7 and no longer have
binge drinking problems. They also have a Night and Day Mayor. Sydney is now the
10 worst city in the world to visit according to overseas tourists ,whereas
Melbourne is No.2. Clover Moore needs a reality check. This city is not just for
the few residents who live in the precinct, it should be for everyone.
I didn’t know that Amsterdam was like that, but it’s exactly the point I was
trying to make in my above comment... if the venues don’t close, there’s no
fear of last call decreasing the urgency to get as drunk as possible in a short
amount of time. Totally agree with you
It is working as there are far less people being assaulted by drunks. We are
hearing of very few one punch attacks on people who are just in the wrong place
at the wrong time. The casinos are a different environment where they have
quality security to make sure all patrons are safe whereas the smaller pubs,
clubs & other places that serve alcohol may only have 1 or 2 casual guards to
ensure the safety of everyone. Alcohol use breeds violence & anti social
behaviour but if ppl took responsibility for themselves rather than
intentionally getting drunk we would not have the lockout laws. My father is an
alcoholic & was drunk pretty much all the time so I have seen & experienced what
it does to ppl, if the lockout laws can protect others from harm then they need
to stay in place.
Well let’s look at the positive outcomes of the lock out laws. Is there less
violence caused my intoxicated people’s I’d say so. The lock out laws should
affect the star casino as well though, that would be fair. And business that are
making less money should provide a better venue and and host better events.
Rather than relying on the sale and consumption of the alcohol the sell
It is an interesting situation with Casinos, as they are operating on a gaming
licence. Casinos obviously want to make as much money as they can with their
patrons, and of course the State Governments make slot of money through them
with gaming taxes. So, as I see it there will be no lock out laws with them -
they seem to be exempt. But on saying that, I worked at the Treasury Casino for
8 years in Brisbane. There was exceptional security staff at the door (and
inside), and of course RSA was/is just drummed into their staff. As for lock out
laws for Night Clubs nowadays, not really familiar with them, but if it's
helping-then I'm up for it.
One final thought. I find it sad that some ot todays teen society just want to
ruin it for the rest. I remember the times when I went into a Club or Rave, had
a fantastic time then went home without any problems.
I have lived in the "Cross" as it referred to at times.
This was in the early 80's and basically people looked out for others.
It was always busy, even that long ago.
I believe "Lockout Laws" may be necessary in a certain age bracket, but I cannot
envision Kings Cross without the people.
Why have lock out laws at all ????
Merely make all alcohol sales venues licensed until midnight. They must then be
closed until 10 am the following day.
People who wish to grog on and be a nuisance to the general public throughout
the night can do it in their own homes.
no i think there should be some areas that are suited to late nights no family
homes schools etc in are of good kms and that way were the pissed drunk ian
lowed destructive immature low life that can wreck nights lifes property and
etc also them dame good parties that can be had also and could be left to
some safer more appropriate city areas police can be closer to and not lock
them out because really the problem i think people can agree with me when i say
its lock in yes at what 12 throw out 3 so really it is the problem right there
with deaths damage and costs to the everyday person 24 hour only some areas only
everywhere else early shutting laws keeps problem in certain areas for police to
have much easier job in problem areas everywhere and just haven a couble areas
and quietens down many more as well i am sure why spreed the problems were law
enforcement cant contain or control like it is
they are killing the nightlife, and long established clubs and venues are being
forced to close their doors because of these laws. The worst part is that they
have made no difference whatsoever to alcohol fueled violence and noise. Many
people like to go club hopping through the night, and these stupid laws make
I support the lockout laws. They were introduced for good reason and appear to
be reducing alcohol fueled violence and street crimes. It doesn't reduce
people's ability to go out, just to go between different venues very late at
I thought long and hard with this question. Every generation has had their
reckless behaviour but unfortunately since respect for another is no longer a
priority with many, and with so many with anger management issues, something has
got to be done to protect the average person wanting to do the right thing and
have a great night out.
Absolutely not. How much I used to enjoy drinking few days straight with pubs
open around the clocks! (Back in Europe) Pubs must know their business and
drinkers their thirst. It's nobody else's business.
I'm looking forward for the governments and activists changing my nappies.
I think being able to have a last drink at 3am in the morning is late enough.The
pubs/ clubs and staff still want to go home to sleep also..prevents less
violence on the streets and on venues if the pubs/clubs close earlier.
Keep them in place. Too many of the younger crowd drink cheap alcohol at home
before heading out & unleashing themselves on the public. They don't head out
until later in the evening & are generally well into full swing by the time of
lock out. Some people argue that they are sick of the government trying to save
us from ourselves & it infringes on our freedoms. What about our rights to be
able to go out & enjoy a night out without fear of being attacked or glassed by
some drunken idiot. The paramedics on duty during the worst nights of the week
have to deal with these issues as well as people who are so drunk or drugged out
they can't even get home. They deserve a medal.
You’re exactly right, that’s why I don’t think lockouts are good though..,
they aren’t stopping people from getting stupidly drunk... as in my comment
above, it’s the alcohol that is the problem, not the venues themselves. As a
community we need to battle the binge drinking, and there’s been some really
good ideas, up the price after midnight, stop the drinks at midnight and open up
a coffee lounge for the late nighters. Alcohol is the problem behavior, not the
venues being open
Yes I support the Lockout laws,I was raised in the times where if you were out
all night without curfew or rules you were looking for trouble.Work was the only
reason to be out of your home in the early hours.
Yes its a new era but more violence is around now so I say keep the law its
helps keep most of safe from harm.
I agree if the person who is looked out is so drunk yes they need notbe
allowed to enter the venue .the people who holds the venue should have the
responsibility of who they let in or not they can see if they are trouble makers
and are drunk.
It's difficult to have police control every small pub or club at all hours and
there certainly could be trouble if Cobbers are pissed outa their minds...and I
do pity the neighbors trying to sleep to get to work in the morning!
It is very difficult subject, they say that the problems have just been moved to
the suburbs, spread over such a large area, that the seriousness of the problems
is lost. As for the Star Casino, money speaks all languages.
yes, if it is after 12 then go home to bed.
when I was a teenager, light went out at 12:30AM, walking after that you would /
could be stopped by the police and charged with vagrancy.
returning to decency would curtail the scumbags
Yes, definitely, the relaxing of liquor laws over the years is the cause of all
the street violence we are seeing now.
In the past where you had 6pm or even 10pm lockup of pubs and clubs, people
bougth their booze, took it home, had a drink and fell asleep on the couch.
As a result we didn't have all these Testosterone charged youth and adults on
the streets looking for a fight, and we also had less crime generally.
Now we have teenage kids the "pre-charge" with booze before they leave home, go
out an get totally wasted at some pub or club and end up in hospital after being
in a street brawl.
My 2 worth cents on the matter!
Being a Paramedic lockout laws save lives and save public taxes by Emergency
Dept s not having to spend time treating booze affected idiots and dealing with
shocked and grieving parents. Ask ANY trauma surgeon to clarify ANY of the
above! The greedy and irresponsible Pub sector will always place profits above
patron welfare no matter what they publicly say!!!
I think the current lock out laws are sufficient to prevent the problems with
excessive drinking, violence on the streets etc. Why do people need to stay out
after 2am? When we had 11 pm closing with occasional midnight closing for
special functions events, the violence on the streets was a rare occurrence,
Perhaps I am old fashioned but just cannot see any real benefit for these 'open
all hours' except for greed by the owners of establishments and excessive
drunkenness or misbehaviour by most patrons and risk of attacks on innocent
I don't believe that there should be lockout laws. Some people are night owls
and prefer the late hours of hitting the town and so on. You can still have a
great night out without alcohol. I think strict alcohol laws would be better,
stop serving alcohol at 11:00pm/12:00pm instead of 3:00am. It's not the
dancing/singing/partying and so on that causes all the problems, it's the
No, I don't support the lockout laws. You can go to almost any other city in
the world and get a drink or meal in the wee hours but not Sydney. It's like
going back to the fifties. Just because you are out doesn't necessarily mean
you are drinking. I can go out for the night and not drink. My husband and I
went to a concert last January and felt like having a coffee afterwards but we
walked for miles and nothing was open. It's a shame really. I think there are
violent people out there at anytime, not just in the early hours.
I do believe that this is good. As far as the time goes I cannot understand why
it affects businesses. Alcohol at that time would be consumed quite a lot thus
making it unsafe for others. On saying this I think there should be a law on
the Casino as well however this will not happen because of the money that is
made by them.
I do support them because as you can see, the time is reasonable- no entry at
1:30 am and last drink on 3 am. Its not like the law is dictating anyone to open
at 6 pm and close at 10 pm.That truly is very bad for business.
Besides, by midnight or early morning, there might not be that much customer
anyway- unless its weekend or its vacation time or during the holidays.