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Premier, Mike Baird under fire over controversial lockout laws

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The premier of New South Wales, Mike Baird has come under fire from the street mural for the lockout laws implemented. The mural, painted by Scott Marsh, also has Mr. Baird holding a kebab and depicts the premier as Casino Mike. This after the government’s laws forbidding the sale of liquor at the licenced venues after 1:30 AM. The same controversial laws do not apply to the Star Casino that is operating in the city of Sydney.

The law says for patrons already inside the venues around 1:30 am, they should order the last round of drinks from 3:00 AM. It goes further to say no take out alcoholic beverages should leave the venues after 10:00 PM, something that does not sit well with the city’s outgoing and vibrant youth.

In the mural drawn by Marsh, Baird is depicted holding a glass of red wine and a cigarette, with a stack of casino chips and a bottle of Penfold’s Grange Hermitage on a table in front of him. There is also a clock in the background showing the time to be 1:31 am. This may mean that the premier wants patrons to refrain from the purchasing liquor at the early hours but the Casinos are privileged.

Image of Mike Baird and Lockout Laws

Still no clarity on the lockout laws

The lockout laws are currently under review and the government is expected to release a public statement on them before the End of April 2016. This law, together with the Interactive Gambling Act has been an obstacle that the Australians have long been trying to remove. These two laws mean that people cannot enjoy nightlife or even gamble as they wish.

The current Interactive Gambling Act does not allow gamblers to place in-play bets online but only through the telephone. This, however, is bad news for the gamblers who want to bet through their mobile devices or the Internet. The government had also considered scrapping the curfew of telephonic bets altogether, although, on the other hand, the people want the in-play to be fully implemented into online betting.

According to the government spokesperson, the results of the review were supposed to be out already, but due to the large volume of requests received, they are expected to be released by the end of April 2016.

It remains to be seen whether the lockout laws will remain intact or be scrapped.