Local MPs Jim Madden and Jennifer Howard.
Local MPs Jim Madden and Jennifer Howard. Rob Williams

Howard and Madden say lock out laws will work

IPSWICH MPs will vote down party lines over proposed lock out laws it claims will dramatically reduce alcohol-fuelled violence.

The Palaszczuk Government plans to introduce a suite of laws which will force pubs and clubs to refuse entry to patrons after 1am and ban the sale of certain drinks after midnight.

Opponents to the law say it is knee-jerk reaction and the government has bowed to pressure from certain community groups.

They say the crisis the government is telling people is occurring on our streets is not reflective of reality.

Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard said research showed this type of legislation had been effective in other places it had been implemented.

She said the government would not give up on its plans to make the state's streets safer even if the laws do not pass parliament.

"We are aware there are concerns especially in areas outside metropolitan areas," she said.

"Polling says three out of four Queenslanders support this legislation.

"Community concern is growing and it is the role of government to come up with the solution. Statistics show for every hour alcohol is not served there is a reduction in alcohol-fuelled violence and crime."

Ipswich West MP Jim Madden said he supported the laws as they have proven to be effective in other places. He said something must be done to curb alcohol-fuelled violence.

The laws are due to be debated and voted on in State Parliament next week.

The Palaszczuk Government could face an embarrassing defeat on its signature piece of legislation if it does not receive the support of Katter Party MPs.

Independent MP Billy Gordon has already said he will not support the legislation.



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