People might protest against the new Queensland liquor laws, which state that no drink will be served in bars and clubs after midnight.
The refusal of offering drinks after midnight is more likely linked to the increased consumption of drugs among the drunkards. The fear of increased drug addiction issues is a major concern among the Queenslanders at the moment.
A wave of opposition is flowing all across the state. The Courier Mail reported that the laws have made it mandatory for the bars and clubs to stop serving alcohol at 2:00. Meanwhile, the last drink call at 3:00 am is made valid for 15 entertainment areas. The laws have come into force at 12:01 am Friday.
Valley Liquor Accord Chairman Nick Braban said that the state government has not adopted enough measures to make the public know about the laws. This might put a burden on staff if they try and explain the reason of restricted service after midnight, he said. Sixty-two licensees in the Fortitude Valley fall under the representation of the Valley Liquor Accord.
“The Valley is a well-run precinct but the punters will be confused about what the new laws are and staff are really going to have to convey the message that should have been delivered by government,” Braban told AAP. “We are concerned staff, security and management will become a flash point for conflict because people don’t understand what is going on.”
Meanwhile, owner of the Met and GPO nightclubs, Trent Meade, raised his concern over the impact of the restricted drink offerings in pubs and clubs.
“We don’t want to have a situation where more people end up doing them (drugs) because they can’t buy a drink past 3am,” he said.
Braban, according to Sky News, has requested the authorities to warn people about the change of liquor laws so that their evening doesn’t get spoiled. The reports have suggested that the ban on drinking at 100 am would be initiated and brought into force in February.
Attorney General Yvette D’Ath confirmed that the government is working on letting the people know about the changes in the Queensland liquor laws. He claimed that the authorities have been using print as well as radio advertisement “for more than a week.”