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It’s official: Labor nightlife laws a total failure

19th June 2019

New research shows Annastacia Palaszczuk must finally call time on her failed nightlife restrictions, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today.

A long-term study by academics from three Queensland universities has conclusively proved that Labor’s laws have not cut violence – but ‘pre-loading’ and drug-taking have increased.

“Labor’s 2016 laws were supposed to cut violence, but they have completely failed,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Instead we have seen people consuming even more alcohol and drugs before they hit the streets.

“The impact of these laws on violence has been non-existent, but many businesses and jobs have been lost as a result.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to admit she has failed and go back to the drawing board.”

Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki said the Palaszczuk Labor Government must now release its internal review of the impact of its nightlife restrictions.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk promised that Labor’s own review would be released by the middle of last year,” Mr Janetzki said.

“Twelve months on we are still waiting. Labor loves ordering reviews, but it hates releasing them.

“I suspect Labor’s review will likely stay secret after the damning findings of this independent study.

“We want a safe and vibrant night life that showcases the best of Queensland – not a nanny state that destroys business and tells people how to have a good night out.”