LOCKED OUT OF PROM­ISES

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

To­day is the day that La­bor’s un­fair lock­out laws were meant to be­gin.

In case you missed last week’s an­nounce­ment, An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk has de­cided to back­flip on her so-called strong com­mit­ment and break an­other elec­tion prom­ise.

Yet again the gov­ern­ment that is mak­ing it up as it goes along and re­act­ing to the politics of the day -rather than pro­vid­ing good gov­ern­ment to the peo­ple of Queens­land.

To be clear, the LNP never sup­ported the lock­out laws. How­ever, An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk could have saved ev­ery­one from a year of un­cer­tainty and sup­ported our com­pre­hen­sive plan to re­duce al­co­hol and drug-re­lated vi­o­lence – the Safe Night Out strat­egy.

We now have a sit­u­a­tion where the lock­out laws are in place but An­nasta­cia Palaszcuk is telling Queens­lan­ders to ig­nore them and in­stead em­brace a new ID scan­ning and ban­ning regime.

The frus­trat­ing thing is this scan­ning and ban­ning scheme has been in­sti­tuted since 2014, but is only com­ing into force now af­ter the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment put the brakes on it.

Sound hard to fol­low? You’re not alone. How does the Gov­ern­ment ex­pect Queens­lan­ders to keep up with the law of the land when they don’t re­ally know them­selves?

This is yet an­other bun­gle from At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Yvette D’Ath and an­other bro­ken prom­ise from An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk.

Only the LNP has been con­sis­tent on this is­sue, putting com­mu­nity safety and the late night econ­omy ahead of politics.

Jar­rod Blei­jie (LNP). Shadow Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment and Fair Trad­ing

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