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This article hit LinkedIn yesterday (Feb3 2016) and is spreading like a bushfire - help it spread people! You may not agree with all its its conclusions but there is no doubt that Sydney isn't the same friendly city that held the 2000 Olympics. What do you think?

<b>Would the Last Person in Sydney Please Turn Out the Lights!</b>

There's a few quotes from the article below below - please click through and read it all, though I admit - its really long!

"As I write this in 2016, not a day goes by without the press reporting of yet another bar, club, hotel, restaurant or venue closing."

"In Sydney, you can’t even have a beer in the sun enjoying a game of lawn bowls anymore without the NSW Government wanting to shut it down. You can’t go for a workout in the park without the Government imposing a curfew because thirty or forty people complain in a city of over 4.8 million."

"With the war on dancing, drinking, music, parties, barbecues, fitness and lawn bowls in full flight (all I would have said to be very “Aussie” activities), the war on kebabs was the obvious next target. Egged on by the NSW Libs, and despite operating until 4am on weekends for over a decade with no problem, the City of Sydney is now banning the sale of kebabs after midnight. Yes, there is now a lockout law for kebab eating."

"A few months ago the perennial Flinders bar in Darlinghurst closed. Then the century-old Exchange Hotel shut down, which held six venues including the Phoenix, live music hall Spectrum, and the upstairs pool hall Q-Bar. Following that, the evergreen Goldfish bar in Kings Cross. Then Soho."

"Venue owners are too afraid to speak out against the draconian rules while they are operating their businesses due to the three strikes policy of the Office of Liquor and Gaming NSW."

It's so sad to watch some of these grand old venues close...

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/would-last-person-sydney-please-turn-lights-out-matt-barrie

  #entertainment #Sydney   #clubs #mattbarrie  

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Merry Christmas Fellow Aussies! Sing an Aussie Christmas Carol Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-laaaaa...

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