Greens Welcome State Government Move to Curb ‘Culture Cops’

The SA Greens today welcome the State Government’s announcement that it will legislate in the coming session to remove barriers to the live music industry via entertainment consents within Liquor Licensing laws.

The SA Greens today welcome the State Government’s announcement that it will legislate in the coming session to remove barriers to the live music industry via entertainment consents within Liquor Licensing laws.

Greens spokesperson for the Arts Tammy Franks MLC said previous attempts to remove entertainment consents red tape within existing liquor licensing laws in South Australia had been voted down by the Weatherill Government.

“Common sense finally came to North Tce today with this Government announcement,” Ms Franks said. “These were stupid laws, they will not be missed, and we must now act swiftly to see them off.

“The archaic approach in this state to the provision of live entertainment in licensed venues has long been part of the Greens’ position to support live music and the arts sector in our state. I have put this issue to a vote previously in the Parliament, but the Government voted it down. I am pleased the Government now sees the need to get the culture cops out of policing live music and performance, so they can instead focus their efforts on the responsible provision of alcohol in this state.

“Venues that want to support live music and entertainment on their premises will warmly welcome this move.

“It is ludicrous that liquor licensing bureaucrats can currently dictate and enforce the nature of entertainment in our state if a venue also wants to provide liquor.

“Venues wanting to provide a place for creativity and connection confront a red tape-laden regime, where rules such as four people not five are allowed on a stage at the Seven Stars Hotel, or a jazz band is allowed at a venue but a grunge band is prohibited, are commonplace.

“With the exception of adult entertainment, which quite rightly is restricted to those over 18, surely there is no place to police genres of entertainment. I now urge the Government to bring this Bill to Parliament and pass it quickly.”

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