The LNP government has proposed radical new laws to curb alcohol-fuelled violence across Queensland.
The new liquor laws will be based on New South Wales legislation that imposes a 1.30 a.m. lock out of drinkers and 3 a.m. last drinks.
But under the Queensland model, lock outs will take place 12 hours earlier at 1.30 p.m, with last drinks to be served at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleeeeeujie said the tougher Queensland laws will close gaping loopholes in the New South Wales legislation.
“A 1.30 a.m. lock out still gives people plenty of time to get drunk and start fights,” said Mr Bleeeeeujie. “By shutting pubs in the middle of the afternoon, we believe alcohol-fuelled violence on Queensland streets will plummet.”
Mr Bleeeeeujie said the laws would also ensure the streets were safe for children when school finished at 3 pm.
“What sort of people are drinking at 3 pm in the afternoon anyway?”
The Queensland Hotels Association has expressed astonishment at the government’s announcement, calling it “the sort of crazy decision that a drunk person would make, except people can’t get drunk any more.”
However, Mr Bleeeeeujie is confident that Queenslanders will find plenty of other things to do with their evenings.
“A hundred years ago, people didn’t have to go to the pub every night to have fun. Sure, there was World War I. But apart from that, there was a lot less alcohol-fuelled violence and the world was a better, safer place.”
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