Sydney’s nightlife is set to get a shot in the arm, with the city’s controversial lockout laws to be lifted from today.

The rollback will be implemented in the Sydney CBD and Oxford St, but restrictions will remain in place at the former party hub of King’s Cross.

So from tonight onwards, patrons will be permitted to enter different venues after 1:30am. The call for last drinks has also been extended by half an hour to 3:30am.

It marks the end of a tumultuous five-year period, after lawmakers initially enacted the policy following two “king-hit” deaths in the Kings Cross area.

While crime rates dropped, many city residents bemoaned the relative lack of nightlife in Australia’s largest city. To kick things off, a few venues around town are holding celebration parties tonight.

ASX small-cap investors also had something to cheer about this morning, as the ASX Small Ords rose by 0.91 per cent to 3,020 points — crossing the 3,000 mark for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis.

The ASX200 was also in positive territory, up 0.76 per cent to 6,956 points.



Junior explorer Castillo Copper (ASX:CCZ) held its gains into midday trade after a positive update at its Queensland copper operation. The gains followed a review of historic data at Castillo’s projects within the Mt Oxide pillar of the Mt Isa copper belt.

The company called the results from the review a “game changing development that materially enhances the exploration upside”.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Tuesday, January 14:

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BAS Bass Oil Ltd 0.003 +50.00% $10.0M
CCE Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd 0.0015 +50.00% $16.7M
CLZ Classic Minerals Ltd 0.003 +50.00% $21.0M
PSM Peninsula Mines Ltd 0.003 +50.00% $3.5M
TZL TZ Ltd 0.14 +40.00% $11.0M
GLN Galan Lithium Ltd 0.19 +35.71% $30.3M
RXH Rewardle Holdings Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $2.1M
AYR Alloy Resources Ltd 0.002 +33.33% $4.2M
PCL Pancontinental Oil & Gas NL 0.002 +33.33% $10.8M
WEC White Energy Co Ltd 0.08 +30.77% $43.9M
CCZ Castillo Copper Ltd 0.03 +30.43% $23.3M
NWC New World Resources Ltd 0.02 +28.57% $15.7M
AHL AHAlife Holdings Ltd 0.01 +25.00% $10.1M
GTR GTI Resources Ltd 0.01 +25.00% $4.6M
ROG Red Sky Energy Ltd 0.0025 +25.00% $4.1M
CCJ County International Ltd 0.005 +25.00% $1.2M
LSA Lachlan Star Ltd 0.005 +25.00% $3.8M
HWK Hawkstone Mining Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $4.9M
REZ Resources & Energy Group Ltd 0.02 +20.00% $7.0M
SYA Sayona Mining Ltd 0.02 +17.65% $41.4M
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Retail group Mosaic Brands (ASX:MOZ) fell sharply following a negative trading update, where it said comparable sales results fell sharply for the second half of November and December.

Mosaic said sales were “significantly impacted” by the horrific bushfire season that had destroyed almost 2,000 homes and claimed 17 lives across Australia.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Tuesday, January 14:

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XPE Xped Ltd 0.001 -33.33% $1.8M
ABL Abilene Oil and Gas Ltd 0.002 -33.33% $795K
BPH BPH Energy Ltd 0.001 -33.33% $3.3M
ICG Inca Minerals Ltd 0.0015 -25.00% $8.1M
AOA Ausmon Resources Ltd 0.002 -20.00% $1.3M
MOZ Mosaic Brands Ltd 1.9 -15.93% $182.0M
TSC Twenty Seven Co Ltd 0.0085 -15.00% $10.4M
NXE New Energy Minerals Ltd 0.012 -14.29% $2.0M
CIO Connected IO Ltd 0.003 -14.29% $7.2M
AD1 AD1 Holdings Ltd 0.012 -14.29% $6.6M
MQR Marquee Resources Ltd 0.05 -12.90% $3.4M
EVE EVE Investments Ltd 0.007 -12.50% $24.3M
RAG Ragnar Metals Ltd 0.007 -12.50% $2.2M
ADV Ardiden Ltd 0.0035 -12.50% $6.3M
NWF Newfield Resources Ltd 0.15 -11.76% $87.2M
MOB Mobilicom Ltd/Australia 0.12 -11.54% $29.7M
DTM Dart Mining NL 0.08 -11.11% $4.3M
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.004 -11.11% $6.8M
LCT Living Cell Technologies Ltd 0.02 -11.11% $9.1M
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