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    Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading
    The Honourable Peter Lawlor

    Bouncer bribery allegations spark official investigation

    Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading
    The Honourable Peter Lawlor

    Thursday, April 02, 2009

    Bouncer bribery allegations spark official investigation

    Townsville bouncers have been put on notice and risk losing their security licences and jobs if caught accepting bribes from drunken, banned or underage nightclubbers seeking access to licensed venues.

    Fair Trading Minister Peter Lawlor today confirmed that his department was making formal inquiries following ‘disturbing’ allegations published in the Townsville Bulletin.

    “Accepting bribes for any reason is totally unacceptable and would cast grave doubt on a crowd controller’s fitness to hold a security licence,” Mr Lawlor said.

    “Our compliance division takes such allegations very seriously, but it also needs specific information to be able to conduct an investigation and collect hard evidence.

    “If these claims are substantiated, the bouncers involved will be issued with notices requiring them to show cause why their security licences should not be suspended or cancelled.”

    Mr Lawlor urged anyone with first-hand knowledge of the alleged bribes to call the Townsville Office of Fair Trading on 4799 7489.

    “Most crowd controllers are very professional and play an important role in maintaining order in sometimes challenging circumstances,” he said.

    “But we will not hesitate to crack down on those who think their security licence puts them above the law.

    “The state government has introduced tough new legislation to clean-up the industry and made it very clear that unprofessional conduct will not be tolerated.

    “Over the past nine months, we have issued nearly 200 show cause notices and refused, suspended or cancelled more than 280 security licences, including 22 in Townsville.”

    Mr Lawlor said anyone caught working in the security industry without a licence faced a fine of up to $50,000.

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