Queensland Government Roundtable Focuses on Improving Safety for Women at Licensed Sites


The Queensland government focused on women’s safety at Queensland licensed sites with stakeholders from the hospitality and entertainment industry, community groups and government meeting at a panel discussion at Brisbane today (23 November).

Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Shannon Fentiman said the roundtable was an important step to better understand and respond to the issue of women’s safety in licensed locations across the state.

Minister Fentiman noted that the state government is firmly committed to eliminating all forms of violence in Queensland communities to ensure that “the safety of women at a party is an important part of it.

“Sexual assault, harassment and other unwanted advances happen to women every day and it is everyone’s responsibility to work together to end it wherever it happens.

“We already have great work underway in the industry to foster respectful behavior and ensure that Queensland bars, pubs and clubs are safe and welcoming places for women.

“Today’s roundtable builds on this work to find practical solutions that create lasting change to keep women safe at a party.

“With almost one in three customers reporting experiences of unwanted sexual attention in and around licensed locations in some of Queensland’s busiest nightlife areas, it is important that we work with all stakeholders to change the culture of a party and solve that problem. “

Townsville Liquor Accord President Arthur McMahon said it was important for everyone to agree to promote safer places and added, “We need to challenge outdated cultural norms and work together with l industry, government and the community sector to make the necessary change. . “

“There must be a clear and consistent message for clients making unwelcome remarks, advances or worse towards women, whether they are staff or guests, that they are not welcome at our sites and that their behavior will not be tolerated.

“It’s also important that people know that help is available and that they have clear and easy access to information on who to contact and how.

“I’m proud to say that Townsville sites are already engaged and taking action, with initiatives rolled out across the Townsville area to keep women safe and ensure that guests can enjoy a relaxed evening where they are. feel safe and welcome. ”

There was strong support at the roundtable to continue working collaboratively to shape stronger responses to women’s safety and take practical and meaningful steps to create real change in the industry.

For more information, visit www.business.qld.gov.au/liquor-gaming

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