Keep Sydney Open to hold Thursday rally while government discusses Lockout Laws

Keep Sydney Open will be holding a rally to coincide with a bill that will be put to the Legislative Council to lift Sydney’s lock-out laws.

The Daily Telegraph reported that the bill will be debated this Thursday (Oct 25), with the group holding the rally outside NSW Parliament House.

Image: Adam Yip

Keep Sydney Open will be hosting a rally outside NSW Parliament House while government officials debate lifting the Lockout Laws.

“We feel… like our city has been taken away from us.” Says Keep Sydney Open’s Tyson Koh.

“People look at how the spaces that were once venues are being turned into apartments; they read about the benefits given to the gambling industry and they question the government’s motives for introducing a curfew in the first place.”

Those in support of the Lockout Laws say the legislation helped make the city safer and made hot-spots less violent. Others argue that the laws have made local businesses struggle due to less foot traffic, or that violence has not lessened since the bill’s introduction.

The rally comes after Deputy Premier John Barilaro called for the legislation to be lifted in the CBD by the end of 2018 earlier this month. 

Check out the event here.