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Queensland’s 1am lockout set to be scrapped in favour of ID scanning

Plans for a 1am lockout in Queensland look set to be scrapped in favour of a new ID scanning systems aimed at keeping out violent offenders, the ABC report.

Cabinet will meet this afternoon to determine the fate of Queensland’s lockout laws, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has hinted the 1am lockout is off the agenda.

While the state’s last drinks laws – which mean the sale of alcohol must cease at 2am statewide, or 3am in nightclub precincts like the Fortitude Valley – will remain in place, the planned 1am lockout will not go ahead.

“The key measure is in place and is in force at the moment,” Palaszczuk said of her plan to curb alcohol-fueled violence. “The signature component of my government’s policy is in place. Other measures are seen as supplementary or complimentary.”

Instead, major venues will have to install ID scanning systems that will make it easier to keep problem patrons out – a solution club owners proposed to the Government last month.

Lockout laws were passed in Queensland in February 2016 and were due to start next week.

This story is still developing, we’ll bring further updates as they come.