OPINION: Lock out laws a false hope to stop violence

WHEN I first heard the liquor industry was opposing the proposed lock out laws I thought they were just trying to protect their profits.

After all when you are charging $10 plus a drink to every person who comes through your club doors you want to keep them open for as long as possible.

After sitting back and looking at the proposal I now believe they do have merit in their stance.

Because drinks are so expensive most youngsters these days booze up before they hit the streets.

They don't line up three and four deep shouting out their orders in the early hours of the morning.

This fact was backed up in a recent survey at the Gold Coast which revealed that almost 80% of people arriving at the strip to party had already drunk a skin full at home.

Club owners testify to the fact that many patrons now just come in and drink water. They don't need the extra alcohol to get them in the party mood because a good deal are already half stung or high on party drugs.

If that is the case then closing the doors early and stopping drinks such as tequila shooters will have no impact whatsoever.

Our greatest problem revolves around the violent macho brigade of young men who want to belt the hell out of anyone who looks sideways at them.

To fix that we need to have the community take a stand against them, have parents who commit to raising their children to show respect and most importantly magistrates who are prepared to lock the idiots up rather than letting them go with a slap on the wrist.

Even one weekend in a maximum security jail will knock the macho out of any young punk.



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