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    Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading
    The Honourable Peter Lawlor


    Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading
    The Honourable Peter Lawlor

    Friday, March 05, 2010


    Liquor Licensing minister Peter Lawlor said today the next stage of the Bligh Government’s campaign to curb glassings was underway.

    Mr Lawlor said that glassing was a horrific act of violence which often caused permanent injury and scarring.

    “Glassings destroy lives and it’s a situation that is just unacceptable,” Mr Lawlor said.

    “While there is no doubt that individuals must take responsibility for their actions, licensed establishments also must realise their responsibilities to patron safety and harm minimisation.

    “The Queensland government is determined to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence – this is about keeping people safe.’’

    Since legislation was introduced in October last year, the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation has identified and investigated 77 venues over glassing or violent incidents over the past 12 months.

    “Those venues are currently being notified by OLGR of any changes they will need to make but majority have already started making those changes and I commend them for that,” Mr Lawlor said.

    Eight venues have been classified as ‘high risk’ which means they will need to remove regular glass completely.

    The remainder will either have restrictions on glass products (for eg glass will still be allowed in restaurants or bottles will still be allowed) or have to submit a risk management plan (for eg the steps they will take to minimise risk to patrons).

    “High risk establishments will no longer be able make regular glass receptacles, jugs, bottles or stubbies available to patrons,” Mr Lawlor said.

    “Instead they must replace their regular glass with alternatives like toughened, tempered or polycarbonate glassware.

    Further information on guidelines used to determine glassing restrictions can be found on the OLGR website

    OLGR compliance officers will incorporate checks on glass use as part of their normal compliance activities, failure to comply means penalties of up to $10,000 may apply.

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