There needs to be an attitude change to going out at night, writes Premier Campbell Newman.

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier of Queensland

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Premier Campbell Newman:

Your views wanted on alcohol-fuelled violence:

We have a great nightlife and live music scene in Brisbane. We want young Queenslanders to go out, socialise with friends and have a good time. But we also want them to be safe. One issue which has certainly dominated discussions around the country is how to minimise drug and alcohol-fuelled violence.

This is a complex problem, so my government is not going to be rushed into making any quick decisions. I want to get the widest possible views. I want to hear from young people around the State on how they believe we tackle this important issue.

Some are calling for reduced operating hours. My feeling is that it won’t solve the problem by itself. It’s no magic bullet. I think we’ve got to take a holistic approach including changing the culture we have towards alcohol. Education will play a key role and we’ve seen strong support for tougher penalties for offenders. We’ve got to actually change the attitude to going out and what’s acceptable and what’s not.

I have made a commitment to release our plan to reduce drug and alcohol-fuelled violence in March. Until then, I encourage you to provide your thoughts through my Facebook page.

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