Perrett argues against new ‘nanny-state laws’

QUEENSLAND'S new lockout laws came down to one vote.

At about 2am early Thursday morning, Labor and Katter's Australian Party MPs voted to approve the laws as the LNP and independent Billy Gordon voted against them.

More than half the parliament spoke about the laws - including Gympie MP Tony Perrett.

Mr Perrett said he saw how successful liquor accords were while he was working as a councillor for Gympie Regional Council.

"The liquor accords were developed with clear and detailed input from local hoteliers, owners of licensed premises, police and council to achieve local solutions to real or potential issues," he said.

"Different communities have different needs, expectations, demographics and conditions."

Mr Perrett accused the Palaszczuk government of introducing "nanny-state laws".

"There is a danger in treating our population as infants, as children incapable of making their own decisions," he said. "If the government truly wanted to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence, as shown in our night precincts, it would have embraced a multifaceted approach. That multifaceted approach was being realised under the Safe Night Out Strategy.

"It did not seek to punish the majority of people who do the right thing for the sins of the few."

From July 1, 2016 last drinks will be at 2am - except in designated entertainment precincts where venues can apply for last drinks at 3am if they agree to a lockout from 1am.

For Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham who entered politics to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence, the bill's passing was a significant moment.

"This bill is more important, more powerful than any operation that I could ever do," he said.

"It is powerful because it prevents harm. By my being here, if I have stopped 25 of our kids getting to the operating table it is far better than me operating on 100 of our kids. This bill stops injury and death."

Despite the LNP's opposition, the bill has found support from Clubs Queensland and the Queensland Law Society.

QLS president Bill Potts said he hoped the legislation would stop more people dying on nights out.

"This is a big step towards ending the carnage on our streets, and the society welcomes this important legislation," he said.

Clubs Queensland chief Doug Flockhart said patrons' safety was vital to clubs remaining successful.

"Clubs Queensland welcomes the passage of this bill to help reduce violent behaviour across Queensland communities, whilst ensuring the late night economy remains vibrant and safe for all to enjoy."

- APN NEWSDESK

Gympie Times


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