Push to block NSW festival licensing scheme

Labor is looking to impede Berejiklian government’s rushed festival licensing scheme, as the new upper house is set to decide whether the scheme should be repealed.

A disallowance motion in the upper house by Labor’s Shadow Minister for Music John Graham would force the government “back to the drawing board” if supported by the crossbench.

Graham said the move aimed to force the government to “come back with a regulatory regime that has been worked through corroboratively with industry”.

“Festival safety issues are simply too important for government and industry not to work together,” Graham said.

Labor will need the support of at least seven of the 11-member crossbench. Shooters MLC Robert Borsak has thrown his support behind it, saying his “inclination is to support the recision motion”.

“The music industry in NSW is suffering enough,” Borsak said.

In a joint statement urging upper house MPs to back the motion, Live Performance Australia, Australian Festival Association, and Music NSW, , said the regulations “were rushed through without industry consultation”.

“The industry want to sit down with the NSW government and develop a more workable and sensible regulatory approach to safety at festivals,” the statement said.