Katter MPs' final decision on changes to Queensland's lockout laws to 'go down to the wire'
Katter's Australian Party (KAP) is keeping its options open after meeting with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath about lockout laws.
The minority Labor government needs the vote of independent MP Billy Gordon or one of the two Katter MPs to pass the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill.
The laws would impose a last drinks time of 2:00am across the state, except in prescribed Safe Night Precincts where alcohol could be served until 3:00am, but with a 1:00am lockout.
Ms Palaszczuk will meet this evening with Mr Gordon, who is still against earlier closing.
The amendment provides for:
- Last drinks at 2am
- State-wide Safe Night Precinct local boards being able to apply for approval for venues to continue selling alcohol until 3am, provided they have a 1am lockout policy
- All venues throughout the state being able to remain open beyond 2am (or 3am in approved Safe Night Precincts) to serve food, non-alcohol beverages and to provide entertainment
- Banning the sale and supply of high-alcohol content and rapid consumption drinks, such as shots, after midnight
KAP MP Shane Knuth said he and Rob Katter would not make a final decision until the debate in Parliament this week.
But he said their discussion with Ms Palaszczuk was constructive.
"No decision at all. It's going to go down to the wire," Mr Knuth said.
"We haven't made up our minds. Anything is possible.
"We'll keep communicating with our constituency - likewise with clubs and the Premier.
"We'll just keep talking."
Ms Palaszczuk also said the conversation with Mr Knuth and Mr Katter was constructive.
"We've put very clearly the Government's position, how important these laws are for families right across the state, how these laws will curb the amount of alcohol-fuelled violence, and these discussions will continue," Ms Palaszczuk said.
Source: ABC News