Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced she has secured enough votes to pass the State Government’s proposed lockout laws for pubs and clubs.
The laws were originally scheduled to be debated in parliament yesterday, but the government delayed the debate until today while it negotiated with crossbench MPs.
A deal has now been done with two crossbench MPs, Shane Knuth and Robbie Katter, both with Katter’s Australian Party, to pass the laws.
The Tackling Alcohol-Fueled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill will force licensed venues to serve their last drinks at 2am (or 3am in entertainment precincts) from 1 July this year.
The bill also allows for convicted drug offenders to be banned from ‘Safe Night’ precincts.
As a result of a compromise reached with the Katter MPs, the proposed 1am lockout in entertainment precincts, which would also have taken effect on 1 July, won’t be introduced until next year.
In return for the Katter MPs’ support, the Government has agreed to their request for the Working Queensland Cabinet Committee to meet in Mt Isa and Charters Towers.
The government has also agreed to an independent review of the laws, to take place from 18 July this year.
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