NO SHOTS: Publican George Cannon and Kat Currie can see the benefits of restricting shots after midnight.
NO SHOTS: Publican George Cannon and Kat Currie can see the benefits of restricting shots after midnight. Sarah Dionysius

A real shot in the arm for nightclub safety

FROM midnight tonight you will be flat-out refused if you order any shot, shooter or high volume alcoholic drink under the new liquor laws.

The first step of the Palaszczuk Government’s crackdown on alcohol fuelled violence will be rolled out across the state today.

Highly controversial, many are questioning the effectiveness of these new laws and some, like Roma’s Commercial publican George Cannon, are welcoming them.

“I think it’s fair enough; I don’t think you want to be giving people shots at that time of night,” Mr Cannon said.

“We don’t and OLGR (Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation) don’t want you to do it either.”

Mr Cannon believes there’s no reason for people to be able to order high volume alcohol after midnight.

“I go off an old saying that my father always said to me ‘anything past 12 o’clock at night is when anything bad happens’,” he said.

“It’s a true statement and I have always believed in that.”

Safety of his patrons is Mr Cannon’s number one priority and anything he enforces at his premises has that aspect at the forefront.

“I think they are doing the right thing for everyone’s safety,” he said.

“And that’s what it’s about because once people leave your pub or premises the greatest thing is for them to get home safely and whether we have to give them a lift home in the courtesy bus or whatever, all we want is for people to be safe.”

Warrego MP Ann Leahy was unwilling to comment on the possible impacts theses laws will have on live venues in Roma, but said that the Labor Party’s legislation around reducing alcohol and drug fuelled violence was not based on evidence.

“It’s poor legislation; the LNP Safe Night Out program aimed at young people concentrates on 60 different initiatives and it was scrapped in place of Labor’s plan which only includes seven of these initiatives,” Ms Leahy said.

“It’s not just alcohol related violence but alcohol and drug related violence that’s the issue.

“Pre-loading is not solved by stopping the service of shots at midnight, it’s just a knee-jerk reaction that doesn’t have any supporting evidence.”


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