NSW Premier Mike Baird will amend his controversial lockout laws to exclude any venue playing music, as long as the music is being played through a poker machine.
The decision came following the Callinan Report into NSW’s lockout laws, which recommended exemptions for venues that encourage live music.
Speaking to The (un)Australian, Mr Baird said: “The people of NSW have spoken and I have listened. They want music and so do I, so head on out to the city and listen to your favourite poker machine play all the hits. Personally, the theme song to Queen of the Nile is my favourite tune and I’ll be at my local RSL this Saturday night to hear it live.
“I tell you there is no better sound than the clinking of coins into a poker machine softly accompanied by the weeping of a pensioner who’s just blown their week’s worth of shopping money. NSW is open for business.”
Labor’s Opposition leader Luke Foley could not be reached for comment as he was busy trying to train a pack of greyhounds to sing and dance.