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Proposed lockout laws could see industry job losses

SOUR TASTE: Many of those opposed to lockout laws believe it could affect their livelihoods.
SOUR TASTE: Many of those opposed to lockout laws believe it could affect their livelihoods. Rick Rycroft

A SECURITY company director has described the state government's new laws to tackle alcohol fuelled violence as "ludicrous" and says the proposed changes would cause about 40 to 50 people to lose their jobs.

Strippers, patrons, DJs, security guards and bartenders are among those who have made a submission to a parliamentary committee and objected to the government's proposals to force licensed venues to stop serving alcohol at 2am and impose a 1am lockout rule for venues in safe night precincts, which includes the Ipswich CBD.

Kurt Schulte-Schrepping is the managing director of a security company that services Ipswich and said he had seen an 85% reduction in arrests in the past six years and a 40% drop in assaults in the past three years.

"The night life is safer and more enjoyable than it has ever been," he wrote. If these laws come into effect, there would be no vibrancy in the night life."

He said he was not as concerned about the law to ban the sale of certain drinks at midnight, saying this could benefit security guards. In his submission, Mr Schulte-Schrepping said "shotgun" and "knee-jerk laws" were lazy and did not deal with the root of the problem.

He said he made several presentations to high school students to educate them about thinking about alcohol.

"This is the only way to change the culture, particularly around young men and violence," he said.

Security guard Kurt Schulte-Schrepping is opposed to lock-out laws.
Security guard Kurt Schulte-Schrepping is opposed to lock-out laws.

His submission was among more than 100 opposing the Queensland Government's proposed changes that include ending the service of alcohol at 2am.

Venues in safe night precincts would be allowed to sell alcohol until 3am but would have to enforce a 1am lockout.

In a submission to the legal affairs and community safety parliamentary committee, NSW man Stephen Pate said he had seen the positive impacts of similar laws introduced in NSW and supported the Queensland Government's proposal.

Following the introduction of 10pm bottle shop closures, 1.30am lockouts and no drinks being sold after 3am, Mr Pate said there was an "overwhelmingly positive change" in Sydney's inner-city atmosphere late at night.

He also said studies showed that reducing alcohol service and trading hours was one of the most effective ways to reduce violence.

Submissions closed on December 23 and the committee is due to report to Parliament by February 8.

- APN NEWSDESK

PROPOSED CHANGES:

Venues in safe night precincts could end alcohol service at 3am

Alcohol service will end at 2am at all other Queensland venues

Lockout at 1am for all venues in safe night precincts

No high alcohol or rapid consumption drinks after midnight

Licensees able to apply for extended trading hours up to 5am 12 times a year

Adult entertainment venues able to remain open past 3am but not serve drinks from then

Lockouts and reduced trading hours do not apply for casinos and airports

Topics:  ipswich, jobs, lockout laws



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