A lobby of roughly 20 Sydney hoteliers and other stakeholders has formed the City Safe proposal - a strategy that will see manifestly compliant venues push for exemptions to lockout legislation. Jason Thomas and Clive Dillen, directors of AusComply, have volunteered to work as the public faces of the City Safe movement.
Australia’s tightening focus on social harms related to drug and alcohol use are forcing stricter controls that rely on unqualified workers to make what is almost a medical diagnosis. “The problem with the legislation as it is, people get angry because they are kicked out from a venue when they know they are OK, because the venue is scared of being seen to do the wrong thing,” says AusComply’s Jason Thomas.
Research out of NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has confirmed the displacement of violence from Sydney’s ‘locked out’ entertainment zones, further confirming the flaws in the laws. Displacement of alcohol-fuelled violence to precincts around the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross has shown a statistically significant increase – 12 per cent in the immediate surrounds and 17 per cent in some nearby precincts.