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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Palaszczuk Government introduces legislation to address alcohol-fuelled violence

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Thursday, November 12, 2015

    Palaszczuk Government introduces legislation to address alcohol-fuelled violence

    The Palaszczuk Government has introduced its comprehensive package to address the problem of alcohol-fuelled violence to the Queensland Parliament.

    Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath introduced the Tackling Alcohol-fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 today.

    Mrs D’Ath said the measures included a state-wide call for last drinks at 2am with Safe Night Precinct boards granted the option of applying for an extended 3am last drinks model, conditional on a 1am lockout.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is taking a stand against alcohol-fuelled violence in this state,” she said.

    “This is a comprehensive package to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence on our streets and it is a policy that has come after significant consultation and that Queenslanders can be happy with.

    “Research from Queensland hospitals tells us that alcohol-fuelled violence is on the rise, with a 24 per cent increase in alcohol-related presentations to emergency departments across the state since 2009-10.

    “The evidence overwhelmingly tells us that modest changes to trading hours helps to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence while maintaining this state’s vibrant nightlife.

    "We know that when people feel safe, more people go out and enjoy themselves, and that means more opportunities for businesses and more jobs.”

    Mrs D’Ath said all venues will be able to remain open beyond either 2am, or 3am in approved precincts, to serve food, non-alcoholic beverages and to provide entertainment.

    She said all licensed premises would be able to apply for up to 12 one-off extended permits each year, to allow trading at venues until 5am for special events.

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