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The owner of a Kings Cross venue has won the right to see data used by the NSW government to justify a crackdown on the popular entertainment spot.
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell earlier this month announced a series alcohol restrictions to tackle booze-fuelled violence in the Cross, including a ban on selling shots, doubles and ready-to-drink beverages after midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) had refused to provide owners of the Kings Cross Hotel, Solotel Hospitality Group, with any information used to justify the tough new license restrictions.
However, on Friday the Supreme Court ordered the OLGR to disclose the information within seven days.
Solotel chief executive Andrew Gibbs questioned why the OLGR did not want to release the raw data behind the licensing restrictions, which are being introduced in response to the death of teenager Tom Kelly in July.
Asked if he suspected that the motivation for the crackdown was political rather than about crime prevention, Mr Gibbs said: "It does make us curious that we weren't provided access to that information".
"We do wonder what the information contains that they were so reticent to give to us," Mr Gibbs told reporters in Sydney.
"We find it quite amazing that the (OLGR) is looking at making quite big and important decisions, and decisions that could affect the viability of a lot of businesses and affect the night out of thousands of people in the Kings Cross area ... without allowing us proper access to the information."
Mr Kelly, 18, died after being king-hit on a night out in the popular city entertainment strip - sparking debate on how to tackle alcohol-related violence in the area.
To justify the changes Mr O'Farrell referred to a state government audit of Kings Cross venues, ordered after Mr Kelly's death, which found more people were being thrown out of venues than refused service.
The government's licensing restrictions also include a ban on a customer buying more than four drinks at a time after midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, while no alcohol can be sold an hour before closing on both nights.
Glasses, glass bottles and glass jugs will be banned after midnight every night of the week.
Acting Hospitality Minister Andrew Stoner said the government would consider the Supreme Court decision and "decide on appropriate action following that consideration".
"Following the tragic death of Thomas Kelly, the community has made it very clear they've had a gutful of alcohol-fuelled violence in Kings Cross," Mr Stoner said in a statement.
"We are determined to take action to address drug and alcohol-fuelled violence in Kings Cross and are continuing to work with the City of Sydney to develop a plan of management for the district.
"The operators of licensed venues in the Cross need to understand the community want them to clean up their act."
Based on information provided by and with the permission of the Western Australian Land Information Authority (2013) trading as Landgate.