The public reaction to the lockout laws has received almost as much attention as the laws themselves.
The latest development in the ongoing discussion between those for and against the laws is the Fairfax-commissioned ReachTel poll released earlier this week. The poll, which included 1600 participants, showed a whopping 75 per cent of 18–34-year-olds supporting the laws. Needless to say, the poll has left the “against” side a little perplexed.
Tyson Koh, campaign manager of Keep Sydney Open, a group which is anti the laws and whose Facebook profile has almost 52,000 likes, published a video yesterday (which has now been viewed over 45,000 times), in which he asks this 75 per cent to host a rally showing their support.
“What has people scratching their heads [about the polls] is that apparently this [pro-lockout] support comes from young people,” Koh says. “What I’d like to do in response to that is issue a challenge. Keep Sydney Open would like to see you guys have a rally.” Koh organised one himself earlier this year. 10,000 people marched through the city declaring their disappointment in the Baird government.
Speaking with Koh shortly after the video was published, he reiterated this challenge and highlighted the inconsistent nature of the poll. “A lot of people who support the lockout laws say young people are out of control; they drink more and they’re more violent,” says Koh. “But if we’re to take this poll as true, it means that young people don’t want to go out, that they’re not out of control that they’re in favour of the lockout. So what is it? Are young people out of control or are they voting 75 per cent to have a curfew put on themselves? It’s a complete contradiction.”
He stresses that he will be happy regardless of the outcome of his proposed challenge. “Either way, we like civil disobedience and people fighting for their rights. I’m certainly not going to feel disheartened or upset if people who support the lockout do hit the streets,” he says.
“It’ll be interesting to see what that rally looks like, what demographic turns out. It’d almost be like a referendum of what kind of Sydney do the people really want.”
Watch the full video here: