Pubs under scrutiny.
Pubs under scrutiny. Lou O'Brien

Queensland bar staff only prosecuted twice in three years

THE Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation has only secured two successful prosecutions for the service of alcohol to drunk and disorderly patrons in the past three years.

Another prosecution, only the third between January 2010 and September 2013, was unsuccessful.

Increased regulation of existing licensing rules is likely to be a key part of the Newman government's reforms to deal with alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour in the state's entertainment districts, due to be released in March.

Last year, the authority, which shares responsibility for enforcing liquor licensing laws with Queensland police, completed more than 3100 inspections of licensed premises, with the vast majority performed during peak trading hours.

Staff are sent into licensed venues to observe "responsible service practices, intoxication levels, patron behaviour and the provision of a safe environment for patrons and staff" and that bar staff are trained in the responsible service of alcohol.

More on this story at Brisbanetimes.com.au


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