Warren Lynam

Alcohol lockout laws ‘bulls**t’: DJ

A SUNSHINE Coast DJ has labelled the government's new laws to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence as "bulls**t" while a former hospitality worker believes the changes would cause more violence.

Strippers, patrons, DJs, security guards and bartenders are among those who have made a submission to a parliamentary committee and objected to the government's proposals to force licensed venues to stop serving alcohol at 2am and imposing a 1am lockout rule for venues in safe night precincts, which includes Caloundra, Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.

Tim Preston, a DJ from the Beerburrum area, was one of more than 100 people who submitted a form to a parliamentary committee via the Our Nightlife Queensland website.

His submission was brief and when asked about what he thought of the government's proposal of last drinks at 2am and lockout laws, he wrote one word: "bulls**t".

Natalie Wilkinson, a former hospitality worker from the Sunshine Coast, said the proposed changes would result in more violence because people would be charged up and still want to party.

She also said the banning of certain drinks before midnight would cause more binge drinking before that time.

"Don't pass this," she wrote.

These submissions were among more than 100 opposing the Queensland Government's proposed changes that include banning certain drinks from midnight and ending the service of alcohol at 2am.

Venues in safe night precincts would be allowed to sell alcohol until 3am but would have to enforce a 1am lockout.

In a submission to the legal affairs and community safety parliamentary committee, a Queensland stripper said the proposed new laws would destroy her income because it was the busiest time for their club.

But NSW man Stephen Pate said he had seen the positive impacts of similar laws introduced in NSW and supported the Queensland Government's proposal.

Following the introduction of 10pm bottle shop closures, 1.30am lockouts and no drinks being sold after 3am, Mr Pate said there was an "overwhelmingly positive change" in Sydney's inner-city atmosphere late at night.

He also said studies showed that reducing alcohol service and trading hours was one of the most effective measures for combating violence.

Submissions closed on December 23 and the committee is due to report to Parliament by February 8. 

PROPOSED CHANGES:

Venues in safe night precincts could end alcohol service at 3am

Alcohol service will end at 2am at all other Queensland venues

Lockout at 1am for all venues in safe night precincts

No high alcohol or rapid consumption drinks after midnight

Licensees able to apply for extended trading hours up to 5am 12 times a year

Adult entertainment venues able to remain open past 3am but not serve drinks from then

Lockouts and reduced trading hours do not apply for casinos and airports


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