Clubs Queensland boss backs lockout laws

SUPPORT for the Tackling Alcohol-fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill has gained support from Clubs Queensland.

CEO Doug Flockhart labelled alcohol-fuelled violence "endemic" and asked the government to ramp up its campaign.

The issue has flared with the death of Coast teenager Cole Miller (pictured) after an alleged coward punch in Brisbane. Mr Flockhart said it was the "inappropriate and ill considered" actions of a minority who spoiled it for everyone else.

"Queensland already has some of the toughest liquor licensing and compliance regimes in the country," he said. "However, it is clear that the challenges of addressing alcohol-fuelled violence are endemic and require collaboration by government, community and industry."

Mr Flockhart said CQ backed the proposed move to wind back trading hours to 3am in safe night precincts and 2am in all other areas across the state.

"I acknowledge more must be done to minimise violence at all levels, inclusive of incidences that might be alcohol-related," he said.

"Queensland's community clubs support safe communities, and a safe night out for all Queenslanders and those who visit our state, which is why the government's bill has our full support."


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