Safe to say, it has not been a good week for New South Wales Premier Mike Baird.

The social media-friendly politician was exposed to the dark side of Facebook and Twitter as the backlash against Sydney’s controversial lockout laws continued to grow. For those who don’t know, the lockout laws prohibit entry to clubs and bars after 1:30 a.m., with alcohol service cut at 3 a.m., in Sydney’s city centre. You also can’t buy alcohol to take home after 10 p.m. state-wide

Things kicked off on Feb. 4, when CEO and founder of, Matt Barrie, posted an essay on LinkedIn that swiftly went viral. In it, he detailed the severe impact the laws had had on the city’s reputation and nightlife. Read more…

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