The South Australian Government has claimed its new lockout laws, which have been in force since last month, have curbed alcohol fuelled violence in venues, pubs and clubs by 25%.
The law, which requires venues to turn away people entering venues after 3:00am also places restrictions on the sale of certain drinks and bans all glassware after 4:00am.
One nightclub affected by the laws is current in a Supreme Court legal battle with the SA Government over the laws. The legal challenge asserts that the Liquor Licensing Act infers a right to trade, a right which has been drastically altered by the news laws. The challenge also proposes that the right to serve alcohol is in some circumstances so restricted that the right no longer exists in practice.