Police commissioner wants urgent change to drinking culture
THE state's top cop has described Australia's nightlife areas as some of the most violent in the world as he called for widespread change to Queensland drinking culture.
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said now was the time for community leaders to capitalise on the "groundswell of support" to fight alcohol-fuelled violence.
"I think we've got this moment in time in this state and across our country where ... the community's had enough," he said.
Comm Stewart urged people not to wait for another tragedy such as the death of 18-year-old Cole Miller, who died in January after he was punched in the head in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.
The commissioner's comments come as a Queensland parliamentary committee discussed the Palaszczuk government's controversial Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.
If passed, regular service for alcohol in licensed venues would end at 2am unless the venue was located in a prescribed safe night precinct approved for 3am liquor trading, in which case a 1am lockout would apply.
Other outcomes include no new approvals for trading hours outside of 10am and 10pm for takeaway liquor.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education on Monday released polling that found almost three quarters of Queenslanders support the proposed late-night trading measures to reduce alcohol-related violence.
The Galaxy Research poll has also highlighted increasing support for action to reduce alcohol harms, with 80% of those surveyed believing more needs to be done, up from 74% in 2015.
FARE said three Queenslanders die each day as a result of alcohol related harm and a further 93 are hospitalised every day.
"Despite the noise and fury coming from many self-serving Queensland alcohol industry players, as the latest polling makes very clear, these harm reduction measures are in fact hugely popular," FARE chief Michael Thorn (CORRECT) said.
- APN NEWSDESK