Thousands of people have joined with Rob Lucas to oppose strongly any proposed lockout of bars and clubs in Adelaide by the Rann Labor Government.
An online Facebook Group titled “Don’t let MIKE RANN lock you out of Adelaide’s bars and clubs after 2am” currently had in excess of 8,000 members after only six days, highlighting the unpopularity of the proposal.
“This proposal is a knee-jerk, ill-conceived, unworkable and unfair proposal which is part of a ‘nanny state’ policy making mentality,” Mr Lucas said.
“Again, a majority of young people who happily enjoy themselves in bars and clubs are going to be penalised by a small minority of troublemakers and governments wanting to be seen to be doing something about the issue of binge drinking.
“It would also mean that shift workers, including hospitality staff and others, would be restricted from popular after work drinks and prevented from winding down after a hectic night in the kitchen, bar, dining room, factory floor or other places of work.”
Instead of considering this ridiculous proposal Mr Rann should tackle the real problem by cracking down on troublemakers and any licensees who continue to serve alcohol to intoxicated patrons.
Mr Lucas created the Facebook group at midday on Thursday 5 June and within 24 hours the group had almost 1,200 members.
“Mr Rann won’t listen on any issues unless he is hit over the head with the ‘baseball bat of mass opposition’ – so now is the time for action.
“I want all Facebook users to get online, join this group, leave feedback and make it politically impossible for Mr Rann to introduce this policy.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, a chef or a chief executive, a publican or patron – show your support by joining this online petition,” he said.
To join the online group, existing Facebook members must search for the group titled: “Don’t let MIKE RANN lock you out of Adelaide’s bars and clubs after 2am”. Non-members must join Facebook and follow the same directions.
Mr Lucas stressed that these views were personal views and not necessarily shared by the Liberal Party.