About that early New Year party, mate ...

Heading for Australia to usher in the new year before it arrives here in the States or Europe -- that International Dateline thing, you know -- may lose some of its attraction this year.

According to The Age newspaper in rowdy Melbourne, some of the city's "biggest bars and nightclubs face closure and big fines as Victoria Police and Liquor Licensing Victoria clamp down on rogue operators in the lead-up to New Year's Eve. Almost 50 inner-city clubs have received final warning notices, with operators of about a dozen venues ordered to appear before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to defend their liquor licences.

"The clubs were found to have repeatedly breached a range of liquor licensing provisions, including serving alcohol to intoxicated or under-aged patrons, overcrowding and employing unregistered security staff."

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