It’s all about profit for the industry
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