UPDATE: One Punch law starts this weekend lockouts start in April
It has now been confirmed Premier Barry O'Farrell's controversial new lockout laws will not commence in Sydney until April. Although mandatory sentencing for one punch offenders will begin tonight.
It is expected the Governor Marie Bashir will sign the law into force today.
People will be presumed to be intoxicated under the government's one-punch laws if they have blood-alcohol levels of .16 - equivalent to those used to charge people with high-range drink-driving offences.
O'Farrell's proposed lockout laws which limit trading hours of bottle shops and enforce 1.30am lockouts in the city precinct, was approved by both houses of NSW Parliament last night. Parliament was recalled from holidays to take part in special sitting to rush through the laws.
It is expected Premier O'Farrell will introduce other laws to curb alcohol related violence to Parliament when it resumes in February.
The music and entertainment industries have balked at the new rulings. Music industry heavyweights including FBi radio and the MusicNetwork have banded together to form an alliance to oppose the bill.
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