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Queenslanders support Labor’s early last drinks law

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (2.2.16):

‘The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, known as FARE, said a Galaxy poll it commissioned on the issue found 74 per cent of Queenslanders were in support of the legislation and 80 per cent of respondents believed the nation had a problem with excess drinking and alcohol abuse.

‘It found responders supported Labor’s proposed changes, while also supporting security cameras in and around licensed venues (89 per cent), and increased penalties for those involved in alcohol-related deaths (89 per cent), a move the LNP also supported, when it increased penalties rather than impose curfews.

The introduction of ID scanners received support from 77 per cent of responders, while closing bottle shops no later than 10pm received the least amount of support, at 59 per cent.
The poll found the number of people who felt “unsafe” in Queensland entertainment districts had increased from 35 per cent in 2015 to 45 per cent in January 2016.

One-third of respondents reported they had been impacted by alcohol-related violence, while one in five identified a friend or family member as being affected.

‘FARE chief executive Michael Thorn said he believed it was “clear” Queensland supported change.’

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