Qld's last drinks at 2am from July as lockout laws passed

LAST drinks will be held in Queensland at 2am from July this year - but 1am lockouts in entertainment zones will not be introduced until next year.

The Queensland Government's controversial lockout laws passed through the parliament last night after the government struck a bargain with Katter's Australian Party.

Under the deal the KAP MPs agreed to support the bill if the 1am lockouts were delayed until next year and the government agreed to deal with other "social issues" - including the 15.1% unemployment rates in outback Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a cabinet subcommittee will meet with KAP leader Robbie Katter in Mt Isa and KAP MP Shane Knuth in Charters Towers to discuss reducing outback unemployment.

The LNP voted against the legislation that they said does not address the issue of late night violence.

An independent review of the laws will be held in 2018.

Under the KAP deal those found guilty of drug offences will be banned from nightclub precincts.

Ms Palaszczuk said the legislation would reduce alcohol-fuelled violence.

"These are important issues for Queenslanders. We are committed to curbing alcohol-fuelled violence, but we are also committed to increasing employment and devoting more resources to mental health," she said.

The laws were a passion for Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham - a surgeon who got into politics to stop late night violence - said the laws would do more than any surgery he could perform.

"This will mean less families grieving for a very small adjustment in our night-time economy," he said. - APN NEWSDESK


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