Report shows Australians felt safe in their own homes

A REPORT released yesterday into the effectiveness, equity and efficiency of government services in Australia showed Australians felt safe in their own homes, day and night.

But the story changes when people step outside with only half of Queenslanders feeling safe walking in their local area.

The figure plummets to less than a third when taking public transport.

Alcohol and drug-fuelled violence has become one of the most pressing concerns in recent years.

Shadow police minister, Bill Byrne said Labor and a growing number of LNP ministers and backbenchers supported reforms to liquor trading hours.

"In Newcastle, every hour less trading in the early morning hours led to a 22% drop in violence," he said.

Mr Byrne said current Queensland ministers, Lawrence Springborg, Jann Stuckey and Andrew Cripps had spoken in parliament in strong support of trading hour reforms in 2010 while in opposition.

"Education minister John-Paul Langbroek and MPs Bruce Young and Ray Stevens joined them in support," he said.



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