Since the government started fucking with our freedom by bringing in the smoking ban it's been hard enough to go out and enjoy yourself on a cold Melbourne night. Now the jerks are trying to tighten the reigns even further with the proposed 2am lock out. This means that venues cannot allow anyone to enter their premises between 2am and 7am. Anyone who leaves during that time can't come back in. We say FUCK THAT! The government's logic is that the lockout will decrease street violence but to most people it seems pretty obvious that locking people out of venues will do the opposite. Having large numbers of drunk people who want another drink and some fun but have nowhere to go will not reduce violence (which, according to the Age, is on the decline in the city anyway) but increase it. It's not that hard to realise that the only place that will benefit from a law this stupid is Hungry Jacks.
Melbournians are taking this very seriously and for good reason: it's gonna be bad everyone, especially bands, club owners and punters. The trial starts on June 3rd and last for three months but there's a few things we can all do to try and stop it before it ruins everything.
First go to http://www.lockoutrockout.com/ and follow the
links for more information on the protest, how to buy a T-shirt and
writing a letter to Premier John Brumby. This site http://www.2amlockout.com.au/ has a bunch of information for and against (one is decisively bigger than the other) and this one
http://www.melbournelockedout.com/ is the site of the official protest that is happening Friday the 31st May at 5pm on the steps of Parliament. We're gonna be there cause unless you want to be in bed by 2am or sitting in a shitty alleyway drinking Stones ginger wine out of a paper bag while developing piles on your ass, you've got to do as the Beasties say and fight for your right.