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Lockout Laws: Labor's sledgehammer approach

THE Palaszczuk Government's proposed lock out laws could destroy Ipswich's vibrant nightlife and result in hundreds of part-time workers losing their jobs.

The government plans to introduce the controversial legislation into State Parliament next week - despite statistics showing alcohol consumption is at its lowest level in more than five decades.

It claims the levels of alcohol-fuelled violence have reached epidemic proportions.

But instead of addressing the causes of violence, the government has adopted a one size fits all approach.

Ipswich Liquor Industry Action Group president Mark Hennelly said the government's proposal was ill-conceived.

He said the organisation was against the proposed statewide mandate.

"If there is going to be this mandate then it should focus on high-risk areas," he said.

"Maybe the system should focus on the offenders instead of punishing everyone. It is really a sledge hammer approach rather than trying to deal with the issue.

"Look at what these laws have done to NSW businesses.

"But the problem down there has not gone away, it is just shifted the problem into the suburbs."

The government's proposal would see last-drinks served at either 2am or 3am but with a 1am lockout.

But the state's three casinos would be exempt from the laws.

The government claims similar laws adopted in New South Wales have been effective in curbing alcohol-fuelled violence.

But since inception in NSW there has been a 30% decline in business with a slew of pubs and clubs forced to close their doors.

Hot spots such as Newcastle, Kings Cross and the Sydney CBD saw an immediate drop in the number of assaults due to a significant reduction in foot traffic.

But all three areas saw a significant spike in the number of assaults the following year.

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