Deputy premier tony grant said lockout laws dont have the greatest impact

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A TOP politician in NSW backs changes to Sydney’s controversial lockout laws, despite NSW Premier Mike Baird refusing to budge.

Dubbo MP and Deputy Premier Tony Grant believes keeping venues open for revellers until 3am does not cause problems.

Instead, he thinks serving alcohol into the early hours of the morning is what fuels late-night violence.

The contenttype="text" Daily Telegraph reports Mr Grant would support extending the lockout times at late-night venues from 1.30am to 3am and was calling for a reform so people could take away alcohol after 10pm.

According to the Daily Telegraph, evidence shows the lockout laws have not reduced weekday crime between 1.30am and 3am, but violence has been reduced after 3am.

Every bit of evidence Ive seen or heard about, even in my previous experience with liquor accord arrangements, its not the lockouts that have the greatest impact, its the last drinks, Mr Grant told the Daily Telegraph.

He also said people who worked after 10pm should have the option of buying alcohol to take home as it was something farmers traditionally did during harvest time.

His views conflict with Mr Baird, who is sticking to his controversial decision to keep former Premier Barry OFarrells lockout laws, which bans venues from letting in new patrons after 1.30pm.

The Premier has copped criticism for his refusal to review the laws and a petition even circulated calling for Mr Baird to resign because he was out of touch and had no understanding of his own city.

A number of businesses have closed in Kings Cross and the once lively party strip has been left deserted.

But Mr Baird said claims Sydney had become a ghost town were hysterical.

Mr Grant said if former High Court judge Ian Callinan, who is conducting a two-year review into the lockout laws, called for changes to lockout laws, he would also support it.

If Callinan recommends pushing the lockouts back, I think its something we absolutely should do. If youre trying to control the quantity of alcohol people consume ... last drinks is most effective, Mr Grant told the Daily Telegraph.