Tackling alcohol-fuelled violence
We are delivering on our commitment to keep Queenslanders safe with the passage of the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Amendment Bill, a historic step forward for reducing alcohol-fuelled violence in Queensland.
“The evidence is clear: reduced trading hours leads to reduced violence, and that’s what this Bill delivers,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Doing nothing is not an option. I’ve spoken to countless doctors, nurses, paramedics, police, parents and grandparents who have urged me to take action to curb alcohol fuelled violence.
“I want Queenslanders and visitors to our state to go out and enjoy our state’s vibrant nightlife but I also want them to return home safely to their families and loved ones.
We are putting the safety of Queenslanders first, and driving cultural change. We will continue to work with the community and stakeholders to deliver these important reforms.
Changes to trading hours begin to take effect from 1 July 2016, with Safe Night Precincts – including high-traffic areas such as Fortitude Valley, Surfers Paradise, Cairns and Bundaberg – calling last drinks at 3am, with a 1am lockout to be imposed from February 1, 2017.