Where is the evidence to support lockout laws?

THE Opposition claims the government's rushed lock out laws would be devastating for an already faltering economy.

The LNP - who introduced the successful Safe Night Out Precincts across the state - will oppose the legislation when it is introduced in to parliament next week.

Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker said there was no reliable data to support lockouts in the state.

He said the parliamentary committee who oversaw the legislation had even expressed concerns.

"The LNP firmly believes safety must be a priority, but we need hard evidence that an earlier lockout will stem the violence," he said.

"Common-sense would tell us to get the evidence first and then legislate, not the other way around. So far, we have not seen the evidence, the committee has not seen the evidence and Queenslanders have not seen the evidence."

NSW Premier Mike Baird was forced into an embarrassing backflip this week over comments he made defending lock out laws in his state. He was bombarded with a barrage of criticism on social media over his government's stance.

More than 14,000 comments were posted to his Facebook page in less than 48 hours - the majority of them highly critical. Mr Baird said he was surprised at the response and conceded alternative policies to reduce violent street crime without shutting down night life were entirely valid.

He said a review of NSW laws would be announced soon.



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