David Reberger, president of Liquor Stores Association NSW says adults should be able to make their own decisions.
There are many reasons why responsible adults would want to buy alcohol after 10pm.
“It could be a tourist just disembarked from a country that enjoys significantly more freedoms than ours. Or it just might be a group of friends that have had a wonderful evening and have picked up some takeaway pizza to enjoy alongside one last drink at home,” said Reberger.
“Regardless of the reason, these adults who should be entrusted to make decisions about their own lives and when and how they choose to drink are presently denied a basic human right afforded to every other citizen of Australia outside of NSW.
“We also think our customers are mature adults who weren’t doing anything wrong by being able to make a purchase after 10pm.”
The LSA NSW has asked for a review into the lockout laws, requesting that shoppers should be able to purchase alcohol after 10pm for at least 12 times a year. Dates yet to be undecided.
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons wants to keep the 10pm bottle shop closure as it has resulted in fewer assaults in the CBD.