The Queensland Government has passed the controversial lock out laws.
These laws will:
- Extend the power of the courts to impose banning orders on people convicted of drug offences.
- Introduce 2am last drinks in all venues outside of the safe night precincts* and 3am last drinks for all venues inside of them. These will be effective from July this year.
- Introduce lock-out times from February 2017.
There is an existing $8 million which will be used to help venues transition to the new laws.
In July 2018 there will be an independent review to determine the successfulness of the new laws.
*The Safe Night Precincts in and around Brisbane are the following areas:
- Brisbane CBD
- Fortitude Valley
- Inner West Brisbane (including Caxton Street)
- Ipswich CBD
The spotlight on alcohol induced assaults evokes memories of the young lives Redland City has lost in the past.
It’s been 10 years since Matthew Stanley was violently assaulted at a house party when he was just 15.
Matthew wasn’t in a nightclub or the fortitude valley precinct; his Father Paul Stanley says it wasn’t where he was but the situation he was in.
“It doesn’t go through a thug’s mind and the point about is that Ninety Nine percent of people if they’re thug when they’re drunk, they’re a thug when they’re sober.”
Paul Stanley founded the Matthew Stanley foundation and has been on a crusade ever since, going to schools to warn and educate young people the dangers of violence.
He says that these laws wouldn’t have saved Matthew’s life but that education is the key.
“People ask me why I do what I do and that’s talking to young people- and its as simple as thing because I would hope that by Matt and I talking you to it means that your mum and dad won’t have to stand in front of a room full of people and tell them what happened to you,” he says.