Premier Mike Baird’s lockout laws represent an entirely new era of prohibition.
That’s why Generation Liberty hosted a special event against the draconian measures: an underground prohibition party, celebrating the end of the first prohibition era in the 1920s.
Ironically, however, before the event even happened we saw the coercive influence of state power bear down upon us.
Following promotion of the event on social media, Glebe police received a ‘tip off’ from Premier Baird’s office that we were potentially hosting an ‘illegal underground dance party’.
We were informed by New South Wales police that they were legally obliged to operate a raid on the night if our event did not comply with liquor regulation.
I was forced to inform the police that it was not a rave party, but rather a function to oppose lockout laws. Luckily, the police officer assigned with the laborious task of questioning a political event took no further action.
The real issue is that it came from the Premier’s office, where someone decided to waste precious police time on a frivolous pursuit, rather than addressing community opposition to Sydney’s absurd lockout laws.
Koh and Jeffery discussed the impact of the lockout laws on Sydney, including the closing down of businesses and destruction of night life. In addition, they pointed out that the laws are doing almost nothing to end criminal behaviour on our streets.
What happened at our event is an ominous indication of what the lock out laws have done to our community: the police, who have the responsibility to protect people and fight real crime, are forced to waste their time with trivial concerns.
We are living in an entirely new era of prohibition, and it is time that the draconian lockout laws are abolished.