Campbell Newman is trying to make sense for a change.
The bikie-hunter who hates books revealed his government’s plans to tackle drug and alcohol related violence across the state’s entertainment precincts, opting for a slightly softer approach to the draconian measures chosen by his south of the border counterpart, Barry O’Farrell, focusing instead on education, enforcement and regulation.
Extensive school based education including compulsory alcohol and drug education in all Queensland schools from years 7 to 12, tougher fines and penalties for anti-social behaviour, the introduction of drunk tanks (where the dangerously drunk dry out for a bit), stationing more police in Queensland’s entertainment precincts, addressing concerns about safe and appropriate transport arrangements and toughening up on responsible service of alcohol practices instead of “simply winding back trading hours”, as NSW has done, are at the forefront of a draft strategy formed by consulting the community.
“We want to deal with drug and alcohol-fuelled violence, but we want one other very important thing to be underlying all of this, that we want to have a nightlife in Queensland,” Mr Newman said. “We want to be a place where people can have a great party time. Where they can let their hair down, where they can enjoy themselves.”
You can still have your say here.