All venues will now have to install compulsory ID scanners.
Queensland Lockout Laws
After their first weekend under new regulations, Brisbane venues are feeling it.
“I’ve tried to change things internally the quiet way but you’re not going to, all you can do is ram through here.”
Less than a week out from new late-night restrictions, punters have taken to the streets.
Before the inevitable Kings Cross-style wipeout occurs.
Lockouts. Lockouts everywhere.
“The Lab is more than an All Ages music venue, its an institution that Brisbane cannot afford to lose. But it needs your help.”
The head of QMusic says, “No one in government has been able to assure me that what’s happened in Kings Cross won’t happen in Fortitude Valley”.
“A government that doesn’t look at real statistics, a government that says they care about saving lives when they actually don’t. A government that will punish everyone for an individual’s mistakes.”
The head of BIGSOUND has also weighed in.
Implemented with a staggered approach the laws will see 2am last drinks in July with 1am lockouts to follow in 2017.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the laws “are too important”.
“Lockout Laws will not effectively reduce violence in Brisbane, but they are guaranteed to destroy jobs”
Cheers to that.
“It is unfair and unworkable to force this on Cairns, whose venues have a good and improving safety record.”
Taking a cue from NSW, the maroon state may soon have to deal with the toughest drinking laws in the country
Queenslanders are set to launch three simultaneous ‘Save Our Nightlife’ protests this weekend, rallying against the State Government’s plan to introduce statewide 1am lockouts and 3am last drinks. In a statement, the group behind the Queensland protests, No Curfew, say three peaceful assemblies will be held in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold