The state government says it’s begun debating the merits of lock out laws for NSW convenience stores.
“We believe this is a step in the right direction,” says Premier Gladys Berejiklian. “We don’t want people buying sugar laden food and beverages late at night and then loitering around.”
The Premier says late night convenience store shoppers are often under the influence of drugs, especially cannabis.
“We don’t want to encourage this type of activity,” says the Premier. “That’s why we’re considering a convenience store lock-out time of 11pm.”
The proposed regulations would be similar to the lock out laws imposed by the Baird government on Sydney’s licensed venues in 2014.
The NSW Convenience Store Association says it will be fighting hard to ensure any new laws will be blocked.
“NSW is already a nanny state,” says Nabil Nasaf. “Convenience stores are currently the only decent places left in Sydney to hang out at night.”
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