The Herald reports:
Kiwi actor Sam Neill has slammed Sydney’s lockout laws and the state’s ban on greyhound racing. …
First up was Sydney’s lockout laws which he said had taken the guts out of the city.
“Sydney (in the 1970s) seemed to me to be the most vibrant place in the world and I think a lot of that vibrancy has been sucked out of the place,” Neill said.
“I particularly lament this lockout which has taken the guts out of the nightlife of Sydney. And Sydney without nightlife is kind of a pointless place. I don’t really want to see Adelaide being a place to go for a good weekend.”
The actor labelled Kings Cross one of the saddest places he’s ever been to and said the city needs it just as London needs Soho.
“Instead of making the streets safe, they’ve just stopped the streets,” he said.
This is exactly what the Police are trying to do by stealth in Wellington. Sydney bars now have to lock people out at 1.30 am (Police here want 1 am). And it has killed Sydney nightlife.