Queensland’s hotels and clubs have one political candidate on their side when it comes to debate on their trading hours.
Sex Party member Rory Killen, who is running against LNP leader Campbell Newman and sitting Labor MP Kate Jones in the Brisbane seat of Ashgrove, says liquor laws should be relaxed.
Mr Killen argues mandatory closing times at bars and clubs create problems because drinkers are forced out of premises and onto the street at the same time.
“Queensland’s restrictive liquor regulations are touted as a solution, but they are very much part of the problem,” Mr Killen said.
“Remove set closing times and you’ll see fewer people on the streets at once. That means less violence.”