It’s all about profit for the in­dus­try

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

Stephen Beiger The in­dus­try thinks our po­lice force is... a pri­vate se­cu­rity force.

LOCK-OUT laws are what they are, lock-out. How sim­ple is that? Locked out. Premier Palaszczuk is want­ing to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion of drunk­en­ness on Queens­land’s streets while the LNP be­lieves se­lected cities such as Townsville and Cairns, for ex­am­ple, should be ex­empt. That is not be­ing a govern­ment, that is plain idi­otic. Shame on the LNP. Now back to some form of san­ity. The trou­ble with the whole liquor in­dus­try is that the in­dus­try wants the pub­lic to think it wants the best for the pa­trons when in fact it is all about the till and prof­its, noth­ing else. The in­dus­try thinks our po­lice force is some kind of pri­vate se­cu­rity force to be at its beck and call when­ever a sit­u­a­tion gets out of hand. Say­ing that peo­ple drink be­fore ven­tur­ing to a venue is just rub­bish, that is why se­cu­rity and staff are trained to “ob­serve pa­trons” ei­ther en­ter­ing, leav­ing or par­tic­i­pat­ing at that venue. They do not let drunks into venues or, more im­por­tantly, they should not. Then the bar staff, un­der law, have to ob­serve pa­trons for signs of too much al­co­hol, not be­ing to­tally drunk. The trou­ble is the drinks keep flow­ing as the money keeps go­ing into the till and then the trou­ble starts. Only then are they un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously dumped into our streets on to the pub­lic. Venues need to be held ac­count­able for not ob­serv­ing the al­co­hol laws and any venue which calls for po­lice as­sis­tance must pay for those ser­vices, just like hap­pens with am­bu­lances and fire/res­cue, a stan­dard fee is charged. I sug­gest all venues pay a stan­dard fee for each of­fi­cer in at­ten­dance along with any other ex­penses in­curred by the peo­ple of Queens­land. Venues to pay, not the peo­ple. Po­lice are there to pro­tect the pub­lic, not as a pri­vate se­cu­rity firm for al­co­hol venues. See how quickly this smartens up the venues and leaves our po­lice force to carry out its nor­mal du­ties. I have done my time on the other side of the bar and do know what I am talk­ing about.

Stephen Beiger Bur­nett Heads

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