Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will implement the 2 a.m. liquor ban despite the state’s opposition.
“Only laziness, incompetence, or ignorance could lead the LNP to the position that there’s no evidence to back up these laws,” Palaszczuk told media on Friday. Sky News reported that Palaszczuk cites statistics that back up the proposed 2 a.m. last drinks call. She mentioned data from police and states which are already implementing the liquor ban and revealed that the legislation helped curb alcohol-related violence.
Although the figures are positive for the implementation of the liquor ban, some Queensland young adults are protesting. The protesters’ spokesperson, Otis Noble, said that the law should be scrapped because it is detrimental to the night shift businesses.
“We agree that what happened with (one punch victim) Cole Miller was deplorable, absolutely incomprehensible, but the reaction from government has been unfair,” Noble said. He said that business operators like him should also be given the opportunity to propose solutions in curbing alcohol-related violence.
“We’re not trying to encourage people to go and get blind drunk, it’s just that we’re trying to protect our livelihood,” he added.
The 2 a.m. statewide last drinks call and 1 a.m. lockout for venues in nightclub precincts were proposed by the Labor Party, but it was opposed by the Liberal National Party. The changes in the policy will be discussed in parliament next week.
John Crozier, an Australian surgeon, has earlier urged Queensland MPs to pass laws that will curb alcohol-related violence. Crozier, who is the chair of the National Trauma Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, believes Queensland will be much safer if the laws are passed.
“By 2014, alcohol-related hospitalisations in Queensland had reached 45,000 and that’s an increase of 38 percent from 2010,” Crozier told ABC News.
The Last Drinks Organization also states that alcohol-fuelled violence remains a major problem in local communities around New South Wales, and it should be properly addressed.