A plan to curb alcohol-fuelled violence in Queensland is likely to pass parliament, but pub and club trading hours will not be cut.
The Queensland government’s plan to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence is expected to pass parliament shortly.
The Newman government’s plan features tougher penalties for drunken offenders, more police on streets and proactive education.
ID scanners will be compulsory at venues trading after midnight and 15 “Safe Night Precincts” will be set up across the state.
But Premier Campbell Newman has ruled out reducing pub and club trading hours.
He says in other jurisdictions, particularly Newcastle in NSW, the measure has failed.
But Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says the overwhelming weight of evidence from international, peer-reviewed research shows that reducing pub and club trading hours is key to curbing alcohol-fuelled violence.
The Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol has also called for a reduction of trading hours.
Ms Palaszczuk claimed the reason trading hours would not be reduced was because Mr Newman was bowing to vested interests.
“The premier has failed the leadership test, he has put his own political interests ahead of the interests of Queenslanders,” she told parliament.
“You cannot tackle alcohol-fuelled violence unless you tackle trading hours.
“The premier has bowed to pressure from vested interest groups who are more interested in making massive profits, which are subsidised by the taxpayer.”
State parliament was debating the bill on Tuesday with the law widely expected to be passed later this evening.