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Queensland's nightclub ID scanning laws (Read 5024 times)
01. Jul 2017 at 12:02

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What are Crowd Controllers views on this?

There is no shying away from it most punters are not happy with the new laws.

As of today, people looking for a drink inside key Queensland venues after 10:00pm must have their identification scanned on entry.

Plenty has been said about how the changes will make Queensland safer, so ABC News took to the streets to find out how it all went down during their first test.

Many clubs reluctantly used the scanners for the first time last night, and received a backlash from patrons.

The technology allows venues to share information about problematic patrons and prevent them from re-entering another club or bar a decision made by the Queensland Government to combat alcohol-fuelled violence.

Agitated patrons waited in snaking queues to get into Brisbane's Fortitude Valley hotspots and those who had stepped out for a cigarette were made to scan their IDs again, making lines yet longer.

Single security guards at smaller venues were visibly overwhelmed with the extra work, with one bouncer describing himself as a "glorified babysitter" because he was not allowed to leave his post.
Where is ID scanning compulsory?

Affected entertainment precincts in the state include 10 Queensland CBDs, inner-west Brisbane, Surfers Paradise, Airlie Beach, Sunshine Coast and yes, most of Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, so for the capital city think every club and bar between Capulet and Sixes and Sevens.

Are queues going to be an issue?

The word on the street is yes.

Tomcat venue manager Callum Moore said they've been trialling the scanners ahead of tonight's rollout, and the dry runs had revealed problems.

"One of the immediate issues I see are at the larger venues like The MET and Prohibition their queues are going to extend down beyond the end of the street, I can guarantee it," he said.

Sarosh Mehta, chairman at the Caxton Street Development Association, said venues near inner-west Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium would face unique crowd concerns.

"You can imagine the massive number of people who turn up on our doorsteps after the gates at Suncorp open up at 10:30pm [after an event]," Mr Mehta said.

"It's great for business, but if you've got to line them up and scan them all well, you can try to imagine what a challenge that would be."

Do people feel safer?

Yes and no.

Patrons outside popular Valley club Prohibition said the laws were necessary.

"Everyone knows just don't be a dickhead and you won't get banned I think it's a good thing," said patron Tiara.

Hamish Gibson said while some people agreed the new regulations would prevent violence within clubs, many feared banned and agitated patrons would just create a nuisance on the streets.

"It's a win-lose situation," he said.

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