ID laws raise more ques­tions

The Observer - - OPINION NEWS -

THE new li­cens­ing laws re­quir­ing ho­tels and clubs in Glad­stone’s cen­tral busi­ness district to see photo iden­tity seem fair enough.

Any­one turn­ing up for a drink af­ter 10pm will be re­quired to show photo iden­tity which will be scanned and stored for se­cu­rity pur­poses.

If any­one is think­ing about caus­ing trou­ble in any of these venues, or even out­side on the streets, they need to be aware their de­tails and im­age are on file.

This should re­duce the in­ci­dents of violence and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in­side and out­side the venue.

Two of the venues are al­ready do­ing this re­gard­less of the time of night.

It does, how­ever, throw up a cou­ple of per­ti­nent ques­tions.

What hap­pens with pa­trons who en­tered be­fore 10pm ... do they get a free hit?

❝ What hap­pens with pa­trons who en­tered be­fore 10pm?

It would be a lo­gis­ti­cal night­mare to round up ev­ery punter at 10pm and ask them to file back past the front door to have their li­cences scanned.

That would cause a riot in it­self.

And gen­er­ally those that have been there since 5pm, with­out hav­ing to show their ID, are more likely to be the most drunk and, sta­tis­ti­cally, the most likely to cause a stink.

And se­condly, why do just the four city venues have to abide by these laws?

There are plenty of other pubs in the Glad­stone re­gion that open past mid­night.

These new laws are tied in with the Safe Night Out Precinct ini­tia­tive but why should the city venues be dis­crim­i­nated against?

Is it go­ing to see more peo­ple aban­don the CBD and its venues and go out into the sub­urbs be­cause they don’t have to show ID af­ter 10pm out there?

Any­thing that is go­ing to make peo­ple more com­fort­able and safer on a night out is wel­come. It should just be ap­plied across the board and, as one punter said to­day, across all time zones.

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