- Palaszczuk Labor Government continues to turns its back on licensed venues after refusing to scrap the introduction of a 1am lockout from 1 February 2017
- Despite admissions from Labor’s own Dr Anthony Lynham that the lockout won’t work, Annastacia Palaszczuk refuses to budge
- Thousands of Queensland jobs hang in the balance as Labor stands by laws that aren’t proven to bring assaults down
The Palaszczuk Labor Government continues to turn its back on licensed venues across Queensland after refusing to abandon job-destroying regulations that will damage our tourism reputation and cripple our late night entertainment industry.
Shadow Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations said Labor’s failure to support an LNP motion in State Parliament to scrap the introduction of a 1am lockout from 1 February 2017 was further proof that they are anti-jobs and anti-business.
“This is another slap in the face for business operators who have been left with crippling laws that make no creditable difference to violence in our late night precincts,” Mr Bleijie said.
“Despite admissions from her own Minister Dr Anthony Lynham that the lockout laws will not work, Annastacia Palaszczuk stubbornly refuses to revisit them.
“As business confidence across the State continues to plummet, the last thing we need is a Government that refuses to listen to community feedback.”
Mr Bleijie said the LNP’s common sense approach to alcohol fuelled violence included tougher penalties for offenders and an education awareness campaign designed to change cultural attitudes and behaviours.
“The one-size-fits-all policy simply will not work. Our plan allows local community representatives or local Safe Night Precinct stakeholders to make decisions based on the best interests of their area – because they know their patch better than anyone else,” he said.
“The LNP’s plan struck the right balance between supporting our clubs and hotels while ensuring all Queenslanders could enjoy a fun, safe night out.
“Thousands of Queenslanders who are employed in pubs and clubs will continue to face an uncertain future unless this Labor Government starts listening to those on the frontline and scraps these laws.”