Father Of King-Hit Victim Supports Review Of Lockout Laws

22 March 2016 | 3:23 pm | Staff Writer

"Could there be better ways to monitor these few people that come in and spoil it for the rest?"

The father of Kings Cross king-hit victim, Daniel Christie, has publicly spoken about the lockout laws which were enacted following the tragic death of his son. 

Appearing on the Lockout Laws Forum special of SBS' The Feed which screens tonight on SBS 2 at 7.30pm, Michael Christie says that while he supports the idea of the legislation, he has "a lot of disgust" that former NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell never discussed the laws with him prior to their implementation as promised. 

Daniel Christie was punched on 31 October in 2013 while walking through the streets with his brother and the following month, O'Farrell brought in the lockout laws for Sydney. 

When asked by host Marc Fennell how he felt about the laws being enacted in his son's name, Christie said, "One, I have a lot of pride over it, but secondly I have a lot of disgust because I was told by the then Premier Barry O’Farrell that I would be able to discuss with him and the relevant Ministers these changes," Christie said.

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"Well, I’m still waiting for Barry O’Farrell to ring back.
"So the point is, I’ve had very little input but yet I’m the one that’s labeled with this thing about Daniel’s death."
O'Farrell later resigned in November 2014 following a controversial "massive memory fail" in which he denied receiving a $3000 bottle of wine as a gift. 
Though he is a supporter of the lockouts, Christie said that a review of the lockouts is a positive move. 
"I’m absolutely applauding the results [the lockout laws] have had," he said. 
"It doesn’t mean they’re 100% perfect…
"Could there be better ways to monitor these few people that come in and spoil it for the rest? I would assume there definitely is. Did we have to do something dramatically in the first place to get everyone’s attention to sort of make this top of mind discussion? I think that has worked. And of course we having these reviews now so I think that is a reasonably balanced situation."
As well as Christie, panel guests on The Feed tonight include Keep Sydney Open's Tyson Koh, State Senator David Leyonhjelm, St Vincents General and Vascular Surgeon Tony Grabs and more. 
Check out a snippet of tonight's show below.
Feed Forum: Lockout Laws

Michael, father of one-punch fatality Dan Christie, on the laws enacted in his son's name. Feed Forum: Lockout Laws airs tonight at 7.30pm on SBS 2

Posted by The Feed SBS on Monday, 21 March 2016