Until an accord was signed between the Goverment and music industry bodies last March, Responsible Alcohol Victoria could force venues where live music was performed to hire crowd controllers. The March accord put that power on hold, and now that power is to be removed entirely. The March accord was signed after thousands of people rallied in Mebourne in February in support of live music.
Jon Perring, from Fair Go 4 Live Music, told 4ZZZ News the whole point of the discussion between music industry groups and the Victorian Government had been to separate the performance of live music from the way venues were run. Quincy McLean, of SLAM (Save Live Australia's Music), said in a statement "The threat to the viability of our small venues has been stopped and our culture can be safeguarded".