Clubbers warn new laws could lead to more fights, not less
NATHAN Tracey says while he is not too fussed on the Queensland Government's new lockout laws, he is not convinced they will curb alcohol-fuelled violence.
An avid club goer since he first hit 18, the now 24-year-old Rockhampton man finds himself out on the town most weekends - usually at the Giddy Goat or Zodiac.
"I have seen a couple of instances (of alcohol-fuelled violence) but they usually happen early in the night anyway," he said.
"I think they'll just get drunk earlier and fights will break out."
Nathan said he usually heads out about 12am and calls it a night at 5am.
Under the new laws, a 1am lockout will be introduced and 2am last drinks - 3am for venues with an extended licence.
Nathan said it would not stop him partying.
"People will probably just do what I am doing; start (drinking) earlier and finish earlier," he said.
"If it does stop people from going out they will end up at someone's house and there will be no security and a few people with a few drinks under their belt will probably encourage a fight."
Nathan said besides one run-in, he has always enjoyed a night out - either as a lone ranger or with the boys.
"I always have a safe night out, I have only been in one little scuffle but that was a while ago," he said.
"I just keep to my own business and if someone tries to start a fight I just walk away."
Nathan said alcohol wasn't always the fuel behind a fight and he had been witness to both men and women butting heads.
"I have seen people just go out and they are looking for a fight, trying to prove something to someone, show off to their friends," he said.
"After a couple of drinks, trying to prove they are the top dog."