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Premier rejects pub lockout compromise sight unseen

PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has ruled out Billy Gordon's proposed compromise on Labor's controversial lockout laws as "unacceptable to the government", despite not having seen it yet.

The government hopes to introduce its strict lockout laws, which include mandatory ID scanning, a 1am lockout, no shots after midnight, and last drinks at 3am, to the parliament by the end of the year.

But it needs cross-bench support to pass. The two Katter MPs have already publicly indicated they will not support the bill, as has former Labor MP turned independent Mr Gordon, which leaves the government short of the numbers it needs for success.

On Monday, Mr Gordon proposed a compromise, which would allow venues to choose if they instigated an ID scanning policy, drink promotion restrictions and a 3am closing time, with no lockout.

Ms Palaszczuk admitted she had not seen Mr Gordon's proposal, but said it was "unacceptable".

Brisbane Times



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