Alex Greenwich, who has been lobbying for the extension, tweeted, “One night is not enough. I’ll keep pushing for the Mardi Gras festival to be exempt from the lockouts.”
Forster also said easing the laws for a week would be an effective trial of an eventual permanent removal of the 1:30am lockout.
“I’ve emailed over 300 venues and only got two or three replies back. It’s really hard.”
The NSW Premier has been asked to relax the laws as a “gesture of goodwill” to the LGBTI community.
The Imperial Hotel’s owners have reportedly taken over management of the venue while local residents lament how the venue’s name has been tarnished by shutdowns and allegations of drug dealing.
The four candidates for the state electorate of Brisbane Central faced a wide range of questions on during a LGBTI community election forum last night.