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Supplying drugs could get you banned from your local pub under new laws

On the 14th of February 2017 the Queensland Labor Government introduced the Liquor and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 into the Parliament to eradicate the State’s the unpopular lockout laws. Also tabled before the parliament in this Bill was an amendment to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 to allow a sentencing court power to impose a banning order on an offender convicted of supplying dangerous drugs where the offence is committed in the vicinity of a licensed premises.

The amendment gives the court a discretion to impose a banning order if the sentencing court is satisfied that the convicted offender poses an unacceptable risk to the safety, welfare and good order of licensed premises or to the people who attend those premises.

There is no mandatory period of the order, however banning orders are generally not less than 6 months.

The proposed amendments will effectively see young offenders who engage in this activity facing the additional punishment of being banned from nightlife precincts and pubs.

This additional penalty may only be imposed if the court is satisfied of those matters under section 43J of the Penalties and Sentences Act, which is important reason why young people need to engage a lawyer before pleading guilty.

Tom Gardiner, Fisher Dore Lawyers


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