Keep Queensland Open Rally – Queenlanders to march against lockout laws
Brisbane-based community group No Curfew have teamed up with Keep Queensland Open, and will be protesting Labor’s lockout laws in front of the only venue the laws protect this Sunday 26 June 2016 at 2:00pm.
Keep Queensland Open Rally protesters are set to meet at Reddacliff Place, the public space located directly in front of Brisbane’s Treasury Casino, drawing further attention to community concerns surrounding the reasoning for the exemption of the Casino from incoming trading laws.
The rally will include live music performances and speeches from key industry workers, musicians and politicians who oppose the proposed legislation, before protesters proceed to marching the streets. Keep Queensland Open Rally organisers are calling on all people who enjoy Queensland’s nightlife to show their solidarity in opposition to the lockout laws, on the final weekend before the lives of venue operators, workers, and law abiding citizens are changed forever.
“It is vital that the voices of those who responsibly enjoy the nightlife, as well as those who make a living from it, are heard,” said rally spokesperson Emma Stevenson. “It’s flabbergasting that the State Government have ignored the express concerns of hundreds of thousands of law abiding patrons, who enjoy Queensland’s nightlife every week.”
Local Councils across the state – in Brisbane, Cairns, Airlie Beach, Townsville and the Gold Coast – have all come out strongly against these proposals, either through passing motions or public statements. Organisers of the Keep Queensland Open Rally hope that its efforts will motivate State Government to adopt intelligent policy, rather than apply lazy blanket laws.
“Government’s own data from the DrinkSafe trial indicates 99.9% of Queenslanders enjoy a night out without either committing crime, or becoming a victim of crime. The State Government’s proposal is set to punish the majority of late night venue patrons,” Miss Stevenson said.
“We want a government who acknowledges and celebrates our vibrant nightlife, and stands up for its patrons, young and old, as well as those who have built their careers around this important part of our local fabric.”
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