ID laws raise more questions
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.