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18    Law and Justice—New South Wales—Lockout Laws in Sydney

Senator Rhiannon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1035—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   on 3 February 2016, the Senate referred the ‘need for a nationally-consistent approach to alcohol-fuelled violence’ to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee,

                 (ii)   late night violence and alcohol abuse has terrible consequences and is putting health and law enforcement services under tremendous pressure,

                (iii)   other large cities have retained a vibrant night life by providing 24 hour public transport, a range of support services and policing, and diversity in the density of licensed premises,

                (iv)   since the Sydney CBD entertainment precinct’s lockout laws commenced there have been huge costs to creative communities, live performances have declined by 40 per cent, jobs have been lost and dozens of venues have closed,

                 (v)   on Sunday, 21 February 2016, about 15 000 people protesting in Sydney against the lockout policy of the New South Wales Liberal/National Government singled out job losses, the lack of personal freedoms and lost opportunities for young people as key concerns, and

                (vi)   residents and visitors to Sydney’s entertainment precinct should not be punished due to the behaviour of a small minority, and local communities should have a right to choose whether or not to have state lockout laws imposed on their localities; and

    (b)   calls on the Federal Government to urge the New South Wales Government to work with the community and key stakeholders to find innovative and integrated long-term solutions that will keep Sydney vibrant, open and safe.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 14

Senators—

Di Natale

Madigan

Rice

Wang

Hanson-Young

McKim

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Leyonhjelm

Muir

Simms

Whish-Wilson

Ludlam

Rhiannon

 

 

 

NOES, 38

Senators—

Abetz

Edwards

Macdonald

Parry

Back

Fawcett

Marshall

Reynolds

Bernardi

Fierravanti-Wells

McAllister

Ronaldson

Bullock

Fifield

McEwen (Teller)

Ruston

Bushby

Gallacher

McKenzie

Ryan

Cameron

Heffernan

McLucas

Singh

Carr

Ketter

Moore

Sterle

Conroy

Lazarus

O’Neill

Urquhart

Cormann

Lines

O’Sullivan

Williams

Dastyari

Ludwig

 

 

 

Question negatived.