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Earlier Lockout Laws and Curfews are Coming to Queensland

Not if but when. It's happening.
By Sarah Ward
March 27, 2015
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By Sarah Ward
March 27, 2015
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Brisbanites, that sense of superiority we've had recently about our later bar closing times is about to come to an end. When New South Wales implemented its last round of lockout laws and curfews, partying in the sunshine state seemed like the better alternative. Alas, it wasn't meant to last.

The new Labor Government is forging ahead with one of their election promises: amending the legislation surrounding the service of alcohol. Brisbane Times is reporting that it is now a matter of when, not if, a host of new rules will change Queensland's nightlife scene for the foreseeable future.

The bad news: expect calls for last drinks to come earlier, and for everyone to huddle in their one bar of choice if they're staying out late. 1am lockout cut-offs will introduced into pubs and clubs, shots will be banned after midnight, and 3am will be when everyone has to call it a night. That's a whole two hours two hours earlier than current cutoff and closing times, and the most significant change since 3am lockouts were introduced to Queensland in 2005. The good news, for now, is that a date has yet to be set for when the new scheme to come into effect.

The government's plan is an attempt to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence, an ambition that no one can really argue with. But the question is: will making everyone pack more fun into fewer hours achieve that aim?

Via Brisbane Times.

Image: Flying Cock, Fortitude Valley.

Published on March 27, 2015 by Sarah Ward

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