NSW festival licensing scheme on the chopping block

«Festival safety issues are simply too important for government and industry not to work together,» Mr Graham said.

The new make-up of the upper house means Labor will need the support of at least seven of the 11-member crossbench. It hopes to secure the support of a bloc of six progressive crossbenchers, comprising three Greens MPs, two Animal Justice Party MPs and independent Justin Field.

But it will also need one vote from a conservative bloc of five MPs, consisting two Shooters, Fishers and Farmers, two from One Nation, and one Christian Democrat.

Shooters MLC Robert Borsak said the party would meet to determine its position, but said his «inclination is to support the recision motion».

«The music industry in NSW is suffering enough,» Mr Borsak said, adding the motion was «in line»  with the Shooters’ opposition to Sydney’s lockout laws.

Mr Borsak announced last week he planned to re-introduce a bill to repeal the lockout laws.

Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Borsak.

Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Borsak.Credit:Max Mason Hubers

The music industry is expected to spend the two-week interregnum before Parliament returns on May 28 to lobby the crossbench to support Labor’s motion.

In a joint statement, Live Performance Australia, Australian Festival Association, and Music NSW, urged upper house MPs to back the motion, saying the regulations «were rushed through without industry consultation».

«The industry want to sit down with the NSW government and develop a more workable and sensible regulatory approach to safety at festivals,» the statement said.

The Berejiklian government unveiled the licensing scheme in late February, in response to a string of drug-related deaths at festivals over the summer.

Faced with considerable backlash from the music industry, which included dire warnings the regulations would drive operators out of NSW due to increased policing and health costs, the government narrowed the scheme’s application to those festivals it deemed «higher risk».

At least 10 festivals are subject to the scheme, including Defcon1, Subsonic, and Laneway. As part of the licensing requirements, festivals must submit a detailed safety management plan developed in consultation with NSW Police and NSW Health.

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said the government was «committed to continuing to work with music festival operators and other industry stakeholders to ensure the right balance is struck between great entertainment and festival safety».

Lisa Visentin is a state political reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Источник: Theage.com.au

Источник: Corruptioner.life


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