Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Group Says Qld Could Follow Suit

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Group Says Qld Could Follow Suit

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Byline: Stuart Cumming stuart.cumming@thechronicle.com.au

THE head of Toowoomba's Liquor Industry Action Group believes new interstate mandatory sentences for people who kill others with king hits could be made even tougher if imposed in Queensland.

The group's president Brad Fitzgibbons, who is general manager of Margaret St pub Fitzy's, said eight-year mandatory sentences imposed in New South Wales were not tough enough.

However, he said measures taken by Premier Barry O'Farrell to refuse entry to pubs after 1.30am and stop serving alcohol at 3am did not address the issue of violent offences.

"Today's going-out culture is they do come out later and they do stay out later," Mr Fitzgibbons said.

"My biggest concern for the winding back of trading hours is the punters aren't necessarily going to go home to bed."

He said licensed venues were set up for drinking and the behaviour associated with it.

Sending people into the suburbs would move the problem to an unsupervised and unregulated area. …

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