Queensland's Nightclub Scanner Laws a Right Royal Mess


The Queensland Greens have repeated their calls for a complete overhaul of the state's laws on ID scanners for nightclubs and late night venues following the latest farce involving Danish Prince Frederik.

Kirsten Lovejoy, the Greens candidate for the central Brisbane seat of McConnel, said the ID scanning regime was costing jobs, and harming small business and performers while giving a free kick to casinos.

"You shouldn't have to be royalty - or a casino - to get exempted from ID scanners and the other ridiculous red tape harming our night time economy and culture," Ms Lovejoy said.

"These rules do nothing to tackle alcohol related violence. Instead they damage our international reputation and put the profits of casinos ahead of the community, local businesses, workers and performers.

"It's no wonder the inner city seat of McConnel looks like it will go to the Greens. People are tired of feeling the effect of corrupted decision making. Labor and LNP need to cut the donation chord from casinos and reverse these stupid laws.

"The Greens successfully supported the local community and affected venues in getting the unworkable and ineffective aspects of the lockout laws over turned, and we will do the same again with compulsory ID scanners and the corrupt exemptions which casinos get from our liquor trading laws."

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