Labor’s random bar tests over the limit

19 Jun 2015 9:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has been ridiculed over its plan to use police resources to conduct random breath tests on patrons in pubs and clubs.

Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek said Labor’s latest thought bubble beggared belief and brought into question whether the government was really serious about tackling alcohol related violence.

“The former LNP developed a very successful Safe Night Out strategy in consultation with thousands of people,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Labor is clearly stalling the rollout of this strategy, ignoring the opinion of Queenslanders and adopting a heavy handed approach that will not only cost patrons their privacy but will cost jobs as well.

“Most people understand blood alcohol limits are relevant when driving a vehicle but should have little consequence on those sitting down at a restaurant enjoying a night out.

“When did Labor tell Queenslanders about random bar tests before being elected? This is clearly just another example of an inexperienced government making it up on the run.”

Mr Langbroek said the former LNP Government’s Safe Night Out strategy allowed police to issue banning orders.

He said on the Gold Coast between 1 October 2014 and 1 December 2014, there were 65 Police Banning Orders issued in the Broadbeach precinct, 225 in the Surfers Paradise precinct and 1379 issued across the state.

“The LNP’s policy focussed on the trouble makers rather than punishing the majority for the sins of a few,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Today’s reports of police breathalysing patrons can be viewed as nothing more than Labor fiddling with a successful LNP policy for the sake of it.

“For a government that claims to be one of ‘consensus and consultation’ clearly Labor is not listening to the wider community because there is no way the majority of Queenslanders would support this approach.

“This is what happens when you have Labor Ministers more interested in irresponsible headlines than responsible governing. Queenslanders didn’t vote for this.”

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