Sunshine Coast residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a safe night out following the nation’s most comprehensive package of reforms designed to help end alcohol and drug-related violence, being passed in Parliament this week.
- Compulsory drug and alcohol education in Queensland schools from Years 7 to 12.
- A new offence of “unlawful striking causing death”, which will carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and require the offender to serve 80 per cent of his or her prison sentence
- Increased penalties for other violent and antisocial offences such as serious assault of public officers, public nuisance, refusing to leave a licensed premises, obstructing police, failing to obey a move-on order and urinating in public
- Empowering police to issue banning orders and ensuring police have the resources to have a presence and ability to respond quickly to alcohol and drug related violence
- Stronger and better co-ordinated action to ensure licensees provide a safe environment and comply with liquor licensing rules, including ‘mystery shopper’ style tests
- An awareness campaign, including advertising, to promote clear standards of responsible behaviour for patrons, licensees and police
- Giving the local Council the right to veto Adult Entertainment license applications